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From the best-selling, award-winning author of The Buddha in the Attic and When the Emperor Was Divine comes a novel about a group of obsessed recreational swimmers and what happens to them when a crack appears at the bottom of their local pool—a tour de force of economy, precision, and emotional power.  LEARN MORE

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National Best Seller

Praise for The Swimmers

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In a time of monotony and chaos,... “The Swimmers” is an exquisite companion.  

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"Once more, Otsuka creates an elegiac, devastating masterpiece."

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Featured in Vogue Magazine's The Best Books of 2022: A Preview

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Novelist Julie Otsuka draws on her own family history in 'The Swimmers'

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When a ‘Diverse’ Book Ban Goes Awry

The Bulwark

A Wisconsin school board rejects an award-winning novel for being too one-sided about Japanese American internment during WWII.

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Republicans are banning books... their leaders have apologized for

Los Angeles Times

[Emperor] has become a captive — of efforts by the Republican Party to literally and figuratively whitewash American history and literature.

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Teach Julie Otsuka’s books in schools, cowards!

Literary Hub

To remove When the Emperor Was Divine from the curriculum is to grossly ignore a significant chapter in American history....

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About The Author

Julie Otsuka is the author of the novels When the Emperor Was Divine, winner of the Asian American Literary Award and the American Library Association Alex Award, and The Buddha in the Attic, an international bestseller and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Prix Femina étranger, the Albatros Literaturpreis and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her newest novel is The Swimmers. A recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, she lives in New York City, where she writes every afternoon in her neighborhood café.

Photo: Jean-Luc Bertini