Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

The Swimming Pool

Posted on

The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw

The Swimming Pool

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Holly LeCraw
publisher:
Doubleday
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

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

See all of this week’s reviews

Comments