On Sale: March 12, 2019
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“Swimming at night, to compare its slipperiness to that
of a dream would be to ignore the work of staying afloat,
the mesmerism brought on by the rhythm, the repetition of
Beneath the surface of Lake Michigan there are vast
systems: crosscutting currents, sudden drop-offs, depths
of absolute darkness, shipwrecked bodies, hidden places.
Peter Rock’s stunning autobiographical novel begins in
the ’90s on the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin. The
narrator, a recent college graduate, and a young widow,
Mrs. Abel, swim together at night, making their way
across miles of open water, navigating the currents and
swells and carried by the rise and fall of the lake. The
nature of these night swims, and of his relationship to
Mrs. Abel, becomes increasingly mysterious to the
narrator as the summer passes, until the night that Mrs.
Twenty years later, the narrator—now married with two
daughters—tries to understand those months, his forgotten
obsessions and dreams. Digging into old notebooks and
letters, as well as clippings he’s preserved on the
“psychic photography” of Ted Serios and scribbled
quotations from Rilke and Chekhov, the narrator rebuilds
a world he’s lost. He also looks for clues to the fate of
Mrs. Abel, and begins once again to swim distances in
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