By Peter Selgin
The tales in Drowning Lessons have interaction water as either an essential and a probably damaging presence in our lives. "You can contact water," says Peter Selgin, "you can style it and consider its temperature, you can also carry it on your arms. nonetheless it is still elusive, ill-defined, formed merely via what surrounds or includes it."
With empathy and wit Selgin introduces us to characters navigating the uneven waters of human relationships. In "Swimming" an avid swimmer fights the stasis in his marriage by means of prodding his out-of-shape yet contented spouse to absorb the sport—with near-disastrous effects. A pond is the surroundings of "The Wolf House," which tells of the reunion and dissolution of a gaggle of highschool acquaintances introduced jointly for a funeral. "The Sinking send guy" chronicles an afternoon within the lifetime of an African American caretaker accountable for the one ultimate survivor of the immense catastrophe. In "El Malecón" a toothless outdated Dominican attempts to recapture his misplaced dignity by way of "borrowing" a sparkly Cadillac convertible and aiming it down the coastal road towards his early life village. In "The Sea medication" tourists in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula confront loss of life within the kind of a mysterious girl residing in an deserted beachfront condo complex.
In all 13 stories in Drowning Lessons, Selgin shows a prepared eye for the forces that push humans toward—and occasionally beyond—their very human limits, forces as intrinsic, elemental, and elusive because the liquid that makes up two-thirds in their our bodies. those tales remind us that of all our bodies of water, none is deeper or extra risky than our own.
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