Jessica Keener, author of Night Swim, on tour January/February 2012

Posted By on December 5, 2011

About Night Swim

• Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Fiction Std (January 10, 2012)

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kunitz lives in a posh, suburban world of 1970 Boston. From the outside, her parents’ lifestyle appears enviable – a world defined by cocktail parties, expensive cars, and live-in maids to care for their children – but inside their five-bedroom house, all is not well for the Kunitz family. Coming home from school, Sarah finds her well-dressed, pill popping mother lying disheveled on their living room couch. At night, to escape their parents’ arguments, Sarah and her oldest brother, Peter, find solace in music, while her two younger brothers retreat to their rooms and imaginary lives. Any vestige of decorum and stability drains away when their mother dies in a car crash one terrible winter day. Soon after, their father, a self-absorbed, bombastic professor begins an affair with a younger colleague. Sarah, aggrieved, dives into two summer romances that lead to unforeseen consequences. In a story that will make you laugh and cry, Night Swim shows how a family, bound by heartache, learns to love again.

“Night Swim is the deeply moving and devastatingly beautiful work of a fearless writer.” –Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

“I loved this novel! It was just breathtaking…The pages ached.” –Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

“This gripping first novel announces the arrival of a strong, distinct and fully evolved new voice.” –Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of A Visit From the Goon Squad

About Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener has been listed in The Pushcart Prize under “Outstanding Writers.” Her fiction has appeared most recently in: Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Night Train, and Wilderness House Literary Review. A recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Grant Program, and second prize in fiction from Redbook magazine, her feature articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, Design New England, O, The Oprah Magazine and other national publications. Night Swim is her first novel. Visit her website:, and find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Jessica’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, January 10th: Books Like Breathing

Wednesday, January 11th: Elle Lit.

Thursday, January 12th: Reviews by Lola

Friday, January 13th: A Bookish Way of Life

Tuesday, January 17th: Coffee and a Book Chick

Wednesday, January 18th: Good Girl Gone Redneck

Thursday, January 19th: A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, January 24th: A Soul Unsung

Wednesday, January 25th: Boarding in My Forties

Thursday, January 26th: Sarah Reads Too Much

Monday, January 30th: Stephany Writes

Wednesday, February 1st: The Lost Entwife

Monday, February 6th: sidewalk shoes

Monday, February 13th: Reflections of a Bookaholic

Thursday, February 16th: Tina’s Book Reviews

Friday, February 17th: The Betty and Boo Chronicles

Monday, February 20th: Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, February 23rd: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Friday, February 24th: The House of the Seven Tails


One Response to “Jessica Keener, author of Night Swim, on tour January/February 2012”

  1. A huge thank you to all the blog/reviewers who participated in my Night Swim TLC Book Tour. I’m grateful for your time and attention to my debut. Warmest wishes, and happy reading! Jessica

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