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Swimming in the Dark

Richardson, Paddy

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ISBN 10: 1927262054 / ISBN 13: 9781927262054
Published by Upstart Press, 2014
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Title: Swimming in the Dark

Publisher: Upstart Press

Publication Date: 2014

Book Condition:Good

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A psychological thriller that moves between New Zealand and Soviet dominated East Germany

 

In this river she is herself only. In this silken water, swimming through the deep, cold pockets and sun-warmed shallows, she is only skin.

German immigrants Gerda and Ilse Klein live sedate lives of seclusion and routine in a small New Zealand town. Both mother and daughter are affected by their memories of Leipzig, the city the family escaped from in the early 1980s while it was still under the rule of the Stasi. For Ilse, these memories are of a home and friends she loved and still longs for. For Gerda the memories bring the desperate depression which overwhelms her in the dark months of winter. But for now the women look forward to summer, with the promise of peace and rest as Ilse, now a teacher at the local high school, begins her weeks off. This expectation of peace is fractured when Ilse, while swimming in the local river, discovers Serena, one of the few students she has allowed herself to grow close to, alone, terrified and in the process of giving birth. Suspecting that Serena is a victim of abuse, Ilse and Gerda take her and her child into their home, a decision which becomes the catalyst for change; but when Serena and her child come under threat from the man who brutalized and molested her, the women unite to protect them.

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Paddy Richardson is the author of five novels, including Cross Fingers and Traces of Red.

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