The Night Swimmer

The Night Swimmer

An “evocative and often lyrical” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel about a young American couple who win a pub on the southernmost tip of Ireland and become embroiled in the local violence and intrigue.

The Night Swimmer, Matt Bondurant’s utterly riveting modern gothic novel of marriage and belonging, confirms his gift for storytelling that transports and enthralls.

In a small town on the southern coast of Ireland, an isolated place only frequented by fishermen… (more)

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Editorial reviews (2 reviews)

When I picked up The Night Swimmer by Matt Bondurant, the premise of an American couple winning a pub on the Irish coast seemed unassuming enough. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is a gripping, richly layered work of fiction.

A note in "The Journals of John Cheever" -- sections of which preface each chapter in Matt Bondurant's "The Night Swimmer" -- ponders whether "to give pain some nobility." To handle tragedy, Cheever says, one needs "moral authority"; otherwise, are we not simply at the mercy of those fickle fingers? Bondurant's mesmerizing third novel, set on the isolated coast of southern Ireland, uses a distinctive narrator, Elly Bulkington, to explore Cheever's fatalistic notion, and in doing so Bondurant has constructed a melancholy ode to Ireland itself.

Book Details  

Publisher: Scribner (January 10, 2012)

Collection: Scribner

Parent ISBN: 9781451625301

Page count: 288 pages

File size: 4.1 MB

Language: English

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