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Swimming Lessons

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
When Marna, an Olympic hopeful who abandoned her swimming career for love, first sees savvy, professional Laurel, friendship is the furthest thing from her mind. But then Laurel reveals that she's not quite as perfect as her intimidating appearance indicates - she's absolutely terrified of the water. She asks Marna for swimming lessons, and slowly these two women become fr ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by William Morrow & Company
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Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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When my husband read the description of this book, he said "Sounds like a Lifetime movie." I later found out that the book was indeed made into a Lifetime movie. It is that kind of a book, I guess, all about women and their relationships with men and each other. I enjoyed it, though. I liked both of the main characters, who meet and become friends when one gives the other swimming lessons. And, as a stereotypical woman, I enjoyed reading about how both characters grew and became stronger women o ...more
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A movie was made of this one, still shown frequently on Lifetime. "Another Woman's Husband." (Worst title change ever!) This is about the friendship between women! Coauthor Anna Tuttle Villegas and I never met until after this book was sold! See my website for how this happened:
Jun 08, 2009 rated it liked it
This book has an unexpected twist.
I found this to be a quick, interesting read. The story was a little predictable, but the characters were engaging.

Part of a bookcrossing bookring. Read and passed on.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historia sobre la amistad: dos mujeres con vidas totalmente diferentes, con una sola cosa en común.
Aug 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read this book awhile ago but somehow it's stuck with me and I was glad I found it again recently so that I can re-read it.
Interesting story about two women's lives and overcoming fears.
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Lynne Hugo is an American author whose roots are in the northeast. A National Endowment For The Arts Fellowship recipient, she has also received repeat individual artists grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her publications include seven novels, one volume of creative non-fiction, two books of poetry and a children’s book. She lives with her husband, the Vice P ...more
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“We suffer the threat of breathing in water; we fight the nightmares that would drown us. And just as we feel the deceptive joy of floating, we flex our muscles and learn to kick, propelling ourselves into deeper waters where we can't see the bottom or touch the side.

There, in the deep, we stroke.

Then, surprising ourselves, saving ourselves, we swim. ”
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