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Night Swimming

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Filled with admiration for his characters and the hope they bring to their day to day dilemmas, Night Swimming has affirmed Pete Fromm's reputation as one of the nation's best writers.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 30th 2000 by Picador (first published 1999)
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Andy Miller
This is a collection of short stories by Pete Fromm published in 1999. These stories are character driven and are written with subtlety and nuance. I would recommend against reading all the stories at one time as they all feature characters struggling with life with little hope of overcoming their struggles. Some of my favorites:

"How This All Started" is told from the perspective a 10 year old boy whose older sister is steadily deteriorating from mental illness. The boy's love and protectiveness
I'm always impressed with how much emotion Fromm can convey in these short stories. He's one of the best writers working today, and this collection only affirms that. "Night Swimming" is beautiful.
It’s high time, don’t you think, that I read some Pete Fromm? The blurb on the back of this book says he has published over 100 stories. I can’t even wrap my mind around that number. It’s amazing. And they are all so subtle.

The revelations and wrappings up at the end of Fromm’s stories sneak up on us and the characters. After the last word, we know we’ve experienced a full turnaround but aren’t quite sure how he led us there. Then, on looking back, we see how indirectly he’s done it. For instan
A Bookslut review of As Cool As I Am (paired with the possible Dar Williams allusion in the title) made me curious to check out the book, but when the library didn't have a copy in, I ended up leaving with a collection of Fromm's short stories, Night Swimming, instead.

It's probably unfortunate that I read this book right after The Torturer's Apprentice, another short story collection, because The Torturer's Apprentice was SO good, and so stylistically strong, that I was jolted to find that From
evocative - almost too much truth
Pete Fromm is a good writer, and his short stories are well-crafted and affecting. Only problem is, I don't enjoy short stories all that much, and every single one in the collection was depressing. The cover blurbs mention "hope," but I encountered very little of it in "Night Swimming."
William Hill
Pete Fromm is a great story-teller and a master of the short story. He is right there with O'Henry and V.S. Pritchett. Not only are his stories compelling but his characters are interesting and real. I highly recommend anything written by Fromm.
Pete Fromm's characters are flawed but lovely; he is full of sympathy and tenderness for them. Many witty moments: humor to go with the pathos; some stories are very sad. I especially enjoyed "Black Tie and Blue Jeans" and "Cowbird."
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Pete Fromm is a four-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for his novels As Cool As I Am, and How All This Started, his story collection Dry Rain, and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles.

Fromm's novel As Cool As I Am is now a major motion picture, released by IFC, starring Claire Danes, James Marsden and Sarah Bolger.

He lives in Montana.
More about Pete Fromm...
Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness As Cool As I Am How All This Started If Not For This Dry Rain

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