Author: Janet Turpin Myers
On the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Sandy Knowles, cartographer and university professor, is alone in her office. She is recording an audio memoir of her summers as a youngster coming of age in Muskoka in the 1960s. It seemed paradise was nothing more than a hillbilly get-together of forgotten cottages, where spinster twins in identical dresses held tender vigils for lost love and a sad hippie preached peace between Dylan and swigs of vodka, while two friends struggled with the awkward complexities of loving the same boy.
These are sweet memories, and yet there is something more – a dark memory that must resurface so that the truth can be brought to light.
Nightswimming is a delicate and layered novel about what happens to us when our first exploration of love, like astronauts swimming through the dark unknowns of space, takes us somewhere we never intended to go.