- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Seraphim Editions (Sept. 15 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1927079179
- ISBN-13: 978-1927079171
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.2 x 22.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #721,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nightswimming Paperback – Sep 15 2013
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About the Author
Janet Turpin Myers has a Bachelor of Social Work and a BA in Political Science from McMaster University. She won a writing competition sponsored by the International School of Social Work and her article was published in their journal, Sage. Her poetry has appeared in Hammered Out and Tower Poetry. Nightswimming is her first novel. She currently lives in Burlington, Ontario.
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I was there with the main characters Sandy and Pearl and the sweet pain of unrequited love for Sheldon, a boy they both adore but only one can have. Turpin-Myers pulled me in with her detailed, often poetic, descriptions of cottage life, both mundane and mystical--and once again with her subtle philosophical gems. (I say 'once again' because her next book, The Last Year of Confusion does this, too.)
I took to the grown-up Sandy as much as the 13-year-old Sandy. What might be overlooked by the casual reader is the deftness with which the author switches between Sandy present day (2009) and Sandy (1969). I was captivated by Sandy's grown-up voice and it suits my impression of how her adolescent character would mature.
Turpin-Myers is very good in Nightswimming at dropping clever foreshadows of events to come via the diary entries of an older spinster neighbour named Martha. One of these entries appears at the beginning of each chapter featuring young Sandy, and I found these entries functioned as very good reviews of the chapters that followed when I went back to read them the second time.
I was 11 the summer of the first moon landing. I remember us kids looking up at the night sky and trying to imagine someone walking up there. I remember one of our neighbours worrying that landing on the moon would knock it out of orbit. All this to say I identify with the "tweeniness" of it all--and the secret love, too'
Yet, this is an adult book, a 'coming-of-age' novel, and the take-away I got from it is that "coming of age" does not necessarily stop when one "comes of age"--perhaps it continues life-long.
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