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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.”

News

Fresh Air: Maureen Corrigan review
Still waters run deep

The Tablet (UK)

Blindsided by a slim slice of heartbreak

 

Liber
The Inevitable

 

Bookreporter
Review

 

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

 

Verve
The Best Books Of 2022 So Far

 

Between the Covers

Review

 

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

Kirkus
3 New Novels Whose Narrators Will Entrance You

 

Daily Mail (UK)
Review

 

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Review

 

Washington Independent Review of Books
Review

 

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

 

LitHub
The Best Reviewed Books of the Week

 

BookRiot
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

 

BookPage
★ Starred Review, Swimmers

 

LitHub
20 new books to dive into this week

 

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

 

Vulture
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

 

Vogue

The Best Books of 2022: A Preview

Boston Globe
23 books to look out for in 2022

 

The Millions

Most Anticipated Books of 2022

 

Bustle
The Most Anticipated Books Of 2022

 

BookPage, Most Anticipated

https://www.bookpage.com/features/2022-preview-most-anticipated-fiction/ 

 

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

 

Kirkus
★ Starred Review 

Library Journal 

Starred Review

 

Publisher’s Weekly
★ Starred Review, Swimmers

 

Booklist
★ Starred Review, Swimmers