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The Night Swimmers

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   5.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/12/2019

The Night Swimmers

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684418572
Digital Download ISBN:9781684418589


Peter Rock presents his stunning autobiographical novel The Night Swimmers.

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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 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. Abel disappears.

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—those searching and uncertain drives, his vague wish to be a writer. He also searches for clues to the fate of Mrs. Abel, and begins once again to swim distances in dark water.


"Haunting, elegiac . . . the book’s moody sense of hidden depths and dangers will intrigue those open to an atmospheric and contemplative novel." —Publishers Weekly

"Part page-turner and part aesthetic treatise, Rock's (Spells, 2017, etc.) latest is, like the currents of the Great Lakes, subtle and haunted, deeply complex and "quietly . . . sinister"; his readers, like his swimmers, ought to know "that the currents of the subsurface are likely to be moving." —Kirkus Reviews

"Among the many pleasures of this riveting book is its intertextual nature: stitched through the story are old letters to a past lover, new emails from the past lover, the diary of a dead painter, a literary rejection note, and other bright scraps. The Night Swimmers is a beautiful delving, a rapturous dive into the mysteries of ordinary life." —Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks

Author Bio

Peter Rock's works of fiction include My Abandonment, which was adapted into the film Leave No Trace, directed by the award-winning Debra Granik. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among numerous other distinctions.