Saturday, May 8, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: THE SWIMMING POOL by Holly LeCraw: The Beauty of Language. Two Winners for this one.

Author: Holly LeCraw
Publisher: Double Day
Format: Completed Book
ISBN: 978-0-385-53193-1
Price: $25.95; Pages: 307

I'm going to deviate somewhat from my usual style of writing a review. I usually will provide the readers with the blurb from the book to get the juices flowing, but this time I'm only going to provide a mere hint...

At the bottom of the closet, among the dust bunnies, was a half-crushed shirt box. It felt light, and he opened it expecting to find nothing or, at most, some old, ill-considered birthday gift. But instead, neatly folded, there was a woman's bathing suit...Yes. He remembered...

Why, you may ask? The Swimming Pool is that kind of a book. It's quite literary in it's sensibilities and is written in language that should be savored and pondered upon. It reminds me of crusty French bread, freshly made, that one eats slowly and with great deliberation, stopping to chew and study the delicious depths of it.

It's a story of love, death, deception, mystery and suspense. These elements weave and intertwine with each other, leaving the reader to contemplate and fill in the voids. The story speaks to you in whispers. It is not a plot driven novel. It plunges the reader into the complex inner world of the characters as they try to sort through their myriad emotions and motivations: A husband and wife having an affair, the lust and longing of a young man; a son, that still haunts him years later, post partum depression, murder, death, possible suicide...revenge.

As a therapist, I was especially interested in the inner workings of the characters. Some readers like a story well tied up and clean at the end, but reality often doesn't work this way. Ms. LeCraw acknowledges this as she takes the reader through a meandering journey through characters who seem to have it all, but are missing a key ingredient: happiness and fulfillment.

The author, Holly LeCraw is a master of utilizing evocative and beautiful language. More than once I re-read passages just to turn the words over in my mind, play with them, consider them; a lovely turn of phrase here and there. As an aspiring author, this book is an excellent example of writing as art; of using language as a live and creative force.

Two winners will be selected. If you would like to learn of that which I speak and secure your own copy, become a follower if you're not already, post a comment and your e-mail or someway to contact you. That is all. Savor this book on a quiet afternoon with something delicious to eat and drink by your side.

The giveaway ends Sat, May 15 2010

Thanks to Judy Jacoby of Doubleday for making the books available.



  1. I'm a follower now and would love to win a copy of this book!

    The Misplaced Midwesterner

  2. I'm a new follower (#399!!)

    I've read such good reviews for this book and would love to read it. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

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  3. I'm a follower

  4. This storyline sounds wonderful and I would love to win and read this novel.

    I follow by google reader.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  5. I would like to be counted for this giveaway.

    I follow


  6. This book sounds great. I would love to be entered to win!

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  7. Thank you for such a well-written review. It does have my juices flowing! :) I'm a new follower from Book Blogs!

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  8. I really want to read this book! It sounds really good. Please enter me. I follow through google friend connect!

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  9. I am a follower. Hope I get to relax in the sun with this book.

  10. i love how you describe this book as 'speaking to you in whispers' as that exactly catches the subversive, secret feel of this book. wonderful review!

  11. I've been wanting to read this one for a while and I'd love to enter if this is open internationally!

    I'm already a follower. :)

  12. I have been wanting to read this book! Please enter me for a chance to win!
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    PS I am already a follower:)

  13. I have heard good things about this book. Thanks for your great review to tempt me to want to read it even more. Please enter me.

  14. I am a follower, and would love to read this book.

  15. Enjoyed the great review. I would love to win a copy of The Swimming Pool. Thank you for the opportunity!

    Cindy W.


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  17. I keep seeing this book around and remember someone telling me her book club was reading it. I'm going to have to add this to my TBR list.

    Have a great weekend!

  18. I'm following and would like to read The Swimming Pool this summer by the swimming pool!


  19. Well, you've got me intriqued!! Please enter me for this one.

    I am a follower on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  20. It sounds Great ! i love to read this book ! enter me in please :)

    - A follower

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  21. Sounds like a good read—please enter me to win!

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  22. Am a new follower and i would love to win a copy of this book. Please enter me in your draw

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  23. Oooh,I am intrigued. I am a follower
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  24. Hello, I'm a new follower. :) Please enter me in the give away. Thank you.
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  25. You have a great review and am sure you will be a great author soon.

    "These elements weave and intertwine with each other, leaving the reader to contemplate and fill in the voids" - What an awesome way to say things. Great!!

    And yes, I am a follower.

    - kavyen

  26. I’ve enjoyed looking over your blog. I came across it through another blog I follow, and I’m glad I did. I am now a follower of yours as well. Feel free to look over my blog and perhaps become one as well.

  27. I'm a follower!


  28. Please enter me. Am already a follower and would love to win this book

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  29. Please enter me! This sounds like a good one.

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  30. I just became a follower and I would love to be included in your giveaway.

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  31. I am a follower and would LOVE to win this giveaway! Thanks so much!
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  32. I'm a blog follower who would love the chance to own this book.


  33. Google follower! Please count me in!



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