Boneyard Bookworms: April Book Discussion



Laurel Hill West Funeral Home
340 Belmont Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA

All are welcome to drop into Laurel Hill’s monthly book club discussions!

In April we’ll meet at Laurel Hill West to discuss The Swimmers, a novel by Julie Otsuka.

The swimmers are unknown to each other except through their private routines (slow lane, fast lane), and the solace each takes in their morning or afternoon laps. But when a crack appears at the bottom of the pool, they are cast out into an unforgiving world. One of these swimmers is Alice, who is slowly losing her memory. For Alice, the pool was a final stand against the darkness of her encroaching dementia. Without the fellowship of other swimmers and the routine of her daily laps she is plunged into dislocation and chaos, swept into memories of her childhood and the Japanese American incarceration camp in which she spent the war. Alice’s estranged daughter, reentering her mother’s life too late, witnesses her devastating decline.

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