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From the author of the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning collection Useful Gifts, a sharp and tender debut novel chronicling the boisterous life and loves of a Russian Jewish immigrant family in 1950s New York City.
Chenia is a Betty Grable look-alike, passionate, sharp-witted, in many ways still Old-World. Her husband Ruben is a handsome philanderer; they have three children. No one expects the devoted Chenia to fall under the spell of a lover of her own, but the Arnows’ lives unfold in many surprises. In tart and seductive storytelling, Swimming Toward the Ocean follows husbands and wives and children through an often comical kaleidoscope of shifting and misguided connections, ever sympathetic to their restless–if stumbling–quests for love.
“The story-telling is engaging, full of the quotidian joys and sorrows of a winning and indomitable woman.”–The Washington Post Book World
“The Arnow family is utterly irresistible…. Swimming Toward the Ocean navigates important family territory with precision and warmth.”–Seattle Post-Intelligencer