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 “Once per decade we are graced with a new book by Otsuka, the award-winning author of 2012’s “The Buddha in the Attic” and 2003’s “When The Emperor Was Divine.” This year’s novel starts as a catalogue of spoken and unspoken rules for swimmers at an aquatic center but unfolds into a powerful story of a mother’s dementia and her daughter’s love. If Otsuka doesn’t write another novel for several years, it will be okay. This is one to be savored and reread.”


Julie Otsuka won a (much-deserved) Carnegie Medal!


ABC News
Julie Otsuka, Ed Yong win Carnegie Medals for Excellence

8 books to enjoy at the beach this summer


Studio Tulsa
Book Suggestions for Summer Reading from Nancy Pearl

Charting new courses while staying in your lane


Alta: David L. Ulin review
Swimmers: California Book Club’s September 2022 selection


Los Angeles Review of Books



Financial Times Review
The Memory of Water



Julie Otsuka’s Layered Points of View


Tricycle Review

A Break in the Rhythm


Good Morning America Buzz Pick
The Swimmers

Fresh Air: Maureen Corrigan review
Still waters run deep

The Tablet (UK)

Blindsided by a slim slice of heartbreak


The Inevitable




Vogue (UK)
The Best Reads Of The Year So Far


The Best Books Of 2022 So Far


Between the Covers



I Paper Review (UK)
A dive into the depths of dementia that’s exquisite and moving


Shinynewbooks Review (UK)
Two short, watery novels

The American Booksellers Association
The March 2022 Indie Next List Preview

The Irish Times
The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka: staggeringly beautiful

The Atlantic
‘The Swimmers’ Reveals the Secret in Our Routines

Los Angeles Times
Julie Otsuka’s novel ‘The Swimmers’ plumbs memory

New York Times By The Book
A Man in a Cafe Asked Julie Otsuka What She Was Reading. They Dated for Two Years

Daily Mail (UK)
This week's best new fiction

Collagerie (UK)
Spring Reads

New York Times Book Review
Julie Otsuka Dives Into the Underground World of the Community Pool

3 New Novels Whose Narrators Will Entrance You


Daily Mail (UK)


Minneapolis Star Tribune


Washington Independent Review of Books


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Review
The sad end of the pool


The Spectator (UK)
That sinking feeling: The Swimmers, review


Stylist (UK)
This tender novel invites us to reflect on what gives our lives meaning


Powell's Picks Spotlight
Julie Otsuka's 'The Swimmers'


The National Book Review
5 Hot Books


The Best Reviewed Books of the Week


The Best Books Out This Week


The Millions
Best New Releases of the Week


New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
12 New Books We Recommend This Week


★ Starred Review, Swimmers


20 new books to dive into this week


International Examiner
The age of dignity: Julie Otsuka discusses dementia, human rights and her latest novel


8 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This Month

Book Riot
On the Joys of Waiting Years for a New Book


Indie Next
Chosen for the March 2022 Indie Next List


Red Magazine (UK)
10 Best New Books Out This Month

New York Times
12 New Books Coming in February


Entertainment Weekly

10 must-read books to heat up February


Entertainment Weekly
Authors pick their most anticipated books of 2022



The Best Books of 2022: A Preview

Boston Globe
23 books to look out for in 2022


The Millions

Most Anticipated Books of 2022


The Most Anticipated Books Of 2022


BookPage, Most Anticipated 


Lit Hub
Most Anticipated Books of 2022

Columbia Magazine
6 Books to Get You Through Winter


Pure Wow
12 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in February



Daily Mail (UK)

Here’s our stellar pick for high brow and low


Woman & Home (UK)
Best books 2022


★ Starred Review 

Library Journal 

Starred Review


Publisher’s Weekly
★ Starred Review, Swimmers


★ Starred Review, Swimmers

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