The Swimming Pool

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April 14, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

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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