Note: We are giving Susan a free pass on the blog today because she has been dealing with the overwhelming aftermath of cleaning up after the tornado here in North Texas. She and her family were SAFE and fortunate to avoid some of the extreme damage her neighbors ended up with, for which we here at What Women Write are so very thankful, but they still have exhausting tasks to deal with to get their home and neighborhood back in commisssion.
Today and tomorrow, Jessica Keener's luminous debut novel, Night Swim, is FREE to download on Amazon. Click on the cover art here to be taken to the link on Amazon. If you love stories that explore the issues families experience when things don't go as planned--especially when that family isn't exactly functional to begin with--you will love this book.
I read Night Swim, digested it for a few days, then felt like I needed to send Jessica a note telling her how meaningful reading her novel was and thanking her for broaching the subjects she did. I had several friends who lost mothers as children or teens when I was growing up, and between this novel and Claire Bidwell Smith's beautifully honest memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, I felt like I finally, after 30 or so years, gained an understanding of how my friends reacted to losing such pivotal figures in their lives. I wish I'd understood at the time.
If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app for many other electronic devices--I don't have one and I read Kindle books on my iPhone frequently if I'm not reading on Nook or Overdrive. I recommend going to your Amazon account, "purchasing" the book immediately (you purchase it for free) and then see what devices you can use to read it.
If you read Jessica's book and love it, too, please tell your friends about it. It is becoming more and more obvious that word-of-mouth is what sells books. A book's success can be dependent on that. And this book deserves to succeed.