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Swimmer in the Secret Sea

Kotzwinkle, William

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ISBN 10: 0811807150 / ISBN 13: 9780811807159
Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0811807150 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards, endpages, spine, and gilt/lettering are all pristine. The white dustjacket is bright and without wear, in AS NEW condition. Original price intact. Brodart protected. No remainder mark. Not ex-lib. Bookseller Inventory # 000612

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Title: Swimmer in the Secret Sea

Publisher: Chronicle Books, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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First published in Redbook in 1975 to enormous acclaim, this O. Henry Award winner sold 100,000 copies in paperback. Available for the first time in hardcover, Swimmer in the Secret Sea is the poignant story of how a man and a woman endured the shock and anguish of their newborn baby's death.

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This novella tells the simple story of Johnny and Diane Laski, a sculptor and his wife, and their attempt to bring a new life into the world, set against the backdrop of a cold Maine winter, deep in the country. In the language of a poet, William Kotzwinkle tells the story of the couple's quiet night drive to the hospital, their long labor, and their, ultimately, unsuccessful breech birth. Unafraid of his subject, Kotzwinkle destroys any sentimental illusions about the "beauty" of childbirth or the distance of birth from death; he reminds us of how closely the two are intertwined, of the frightening power of the life force, and of the unpredictability and uncanniness of death. And yet, his small book is not without hope: "It's just the two of us again," Johnny remarks to his wife as they are returning home from the hospital, and the reader senses that in them the potential for beginning is still alivethe beginning, which, as Plato wrote, "is like a god which as long as it dwells among men saves all things."

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