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Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer
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May 18, 11

bookshelves: 100-in-2011

2011 Book 54/100

This was a beautifully written collection of short stories that draw their strength from the many ways that families fall apart and come back together again. Loss, grief, separation are all primary themes, and the characters are so well drawn that you ride those thematic roller coasters right along with them. Several of the book's stories dealt with the loss of a child. As Kirkus Reviews wrote about one of them, "“Her Firstborn,” is the tender story of a young father-to-be haunted by the knowledge that his wife’s previous marriage was destroyed by the crib death of her 5-month-old son. It’s characteristic of Packer’s subtle artistry that “Her Firstborn” climaxes with a sentence whose emotional force derives from the insertion of a comma. Her prose is deceptively simple, her insights always complex." That's right - the insertion of a comma. Take that Eats, Shoots and Leaves!
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