By Jessica Keener

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kunitz lives in a fancy, suburban global of 1970 Boston. From the surface, her parents' way of life looks enviable - an international outlined by means of cocktail events, dear vehicles, and live-in maids to take care of their youngsters - yet within their five-bedroom residence, all isn't really good for the Kunitz relations. Coming domestic from college, Sarah unearths her well-dressed, pill-popping mom mendacity raveled on their lounge sofa. At evening, to flee their parents' arguments, Sarah and her oldest brother, Peter, locate solace in track, whereas her more youthful brothers retreat to their rooms and imaginary lives. Any vestige of decorum and balance drains away whilst a family members tragedy happens one negative wintry weather day. quickly after, their father, a self-absorbed, bombastic professor starts an affair with a more youthful colleague. Sarah, aggrieved, dives into summer season romances that bring about unexpected consequences.

In a narrative that would make you snigger and cry, evening SWIM exhibits how a family members, sure via heartache, learns to like back.

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I’ve been wanting to show you this since we met. ” Tally swallowed, wishing she’d told the whole truth about that night—about how it had all just sort of happened. Shay seemed to think she was the world’s biggest daredevil now. “Well, I mean, that alarm thing was partly an accident. ” “I mean, maybe we should wait. ” “Oh, that’s right,” Shay said. “A couple of months and we’ll be stuck inside the river. ” Tally snorted. ” “Doing what you’re supposed to do is always boring. ” “I can,” Tally said quietly.

I’ve got friends too, over here. I mean, they were friends. ” She looked up. “I was always the youngest, you know? ” Shay nodded. ” “Yeah. ” “Wow, that’s crazy. ” Tally shook her head. Peris had gone with other girls, and Tally had dealt with it and tried to do the same, but their friendship had always been the main thing in both their lives. Not anymore, apparently. “If he’d been my boyfriend, I don’t think I could have done it, you know? I wouldn’t have wanted him to see my face. But because we’re friends, I thought maybe .

I should tell you something. That night, when you met me, I kind of promised my friend Peris I wouldn’t take any big risks. ” “Who cares if they get mad? ” Shay stopped bouncing. ” “I guess I haven’t either. But maybe they wouldn’t tell us if it had. ” “Maybe he made you promise to take it easy so you wouldn’t bother him anymore. ” Tally tried to answer, but her throat was dry. “Listen, if you don’t want to come, that’s fine,” Shay said. “I mean it, Squint. But we’re not going to get caught. ” She laughed.

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