Swimming Home

Deborah Levy

First Sentence:     When Kitty Finch took her hand off the steering wheel and told him she loved him, he no longer knew if she was threatening him or having a conversation.

Back of the book:

As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive. She is Kitty Finch: a self-proclaimed botanist with green-painted fingernails, walking naked out of the water and into the heart of their holiday. Why is she there? What does she want from them all? And why does Joe’s wife allow her to remain?

Quotes from the book:

“Sex with her had brought him to the edge of the yellow line on the platforms of tube and train stations where he had stood thinking about it.”

He said the jam changed the weather inside him, but she didn’t know what the weather was in the first place.

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Last Sentence:     I say it every night, especially when it rains.