Pages: 68 (incl. first chapter of The Next Best Thing)
Published: May 8, 2012
Genre: Fiction, Short story
My Rating: 4/5
Summary (from amazon.com):
The short story that inspired Jennifer Weiner’s forthcoming novel The Next Best Thing.
Ruth has left her job writing for a hit television show for reasons she’d rather not discuss and is supplementing her increasingly dwindling savings with freelance writing projects - namely, helping anxious high school students craft a perfect college essay and lonely souls craft captivating online dating profiles. When she’s not working, she’s swimming - lap after lap at the local indoor pool, in a desperate attempt to wash away the sting of professional failure and heartbreak that she can’t seem to shake. It takes an unexpected client to show her that appearances can be deceiving, and that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is simply dive back in.
I am a huge fan of short stories and Swim was just that... SHORT! It felt like I was watching a TV show and the cable went off and now I have missed the climatic ending. However, it was a good enough taste that I am now looking forward to The Next Best Thing.
Being given just a small taste of the main character, Ruth, it was easy to see that she has a very tough exterior but inside, her demons are struggling to get out. I am looking forward to seeing what it takes to get Ruth to comes to terms with her insecurities.
Overall, Swim was a great taste at what is to come in early July.