Original, moving, ferociously written, and funny--Swimming by Nicola Keegan is that rare novel, the kind I love to read, then reread.
It's the story of a girl whose natural element is water under pressure. Propelled to greatness by tragedy and the will to survive it, the young heroine is anything but a trained robot. Surrounded by nuns and priests, sisters, friends, rivals and coaches, (what coaches!), she has an innate sense of humor that nothing--even death--can defeat. Billed as light summer fare, Swimming is much better than that. It's a great work of fiction. One that rings profoundly true.