The Swimming Pool (2010) This novel about Cape Cod's social circles reveals the upper-middle-class miseries hiding beneath its sanitized and highly chlorinated surface. When Jed, a moody lawyer in… 2010-04-06 Fiction Doubleday
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The Swimming Pool (2010)

The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw
The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 06, 2010; Writer: Holly LeCraw; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Doubleday

This novel about Cape Cod's social circles reveals the upper-middle-class miseries hiding beneath its sanitized and highly chlorinated surface. When Jed, a moody lawyer in his mid-20s, finds an old, crumpled bathing suit in a closet at the family vacation home, it leads him to Marcella, a divorcé who, years earlier, conducted an affair with his father. Jed and Marcella then embark on their own liasion. In The Swimming Pool, Holly LeCraw wades slowly into her narrative instead of diving straight in, so the story takes a while to pick up. But once it does, the suburban afflictions that are drowning these characters make it difficult to put down. B

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Originally posted Apr 14, 2010 Published in issue #1099-1100 Apr 23, 2010 Order article reprints