The Night Swimmer, Matt Bondurant’s third book, is a utterly riveting modern gothic novel of marriage and belonging, confirming his gift for storytelling that transports and enthralls.
It's a modern gothic tale of a young American couple who win a pub on the southernmost tip of Ireland. While Fred dives into the life of a pub-owner, Elly finds the perfect place to pursue her passion, long-distance open water swimming. She begins taking the ferry out to the island of Cape Clear, a desolate spot eight miles out in the Atlantic known for its roiling seas, rocky coasts, and an ancient clan descended from the Irish saints who have ruled the island for centuries. Fred and Elly become more and more deeply embroiled in the island’s troubles—the mysterious tragedy that shrouds its inhabitants and a dangerous feud between an enigmatic farmer and a powerful family who has no use for outsiders.
A film based on the author's prior book, The Wettest County in the World, directed by John Hillcoat (The Road) and starring Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman, and Guy Pearce, will be released on April 20, 2012 by The Weinstein Company.
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The Night Swimmer released January 10, 2012 by Scribner.