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“Seven Drownings” by Michael Kimball, This Week on the Stonecoast Faculty Blog

Michael Kimball

Seven Drownings

by Michael Kimball
photo courtesy of Michael Kimball

photo courtesy of Michael Kimball

 

I’ve never been afraid of water. I’ve been a swimmer all my life. Summer days, vacations, my earliest best memories are swimming, diving off my father’s shoulders on Lake Chaubunagungamaug, riding the waves with my mother at Hampton Beach. In my suburban Massachusetts town, I took swimming lessons and earned my Junior Lifesaver certificate before my voice dropped. I could out-dive my sister and out-distance my friends underwater. So I was surprised to discover how many people drown in my novels. Sometimes two or three per book. Plummeting, tumbling, sailing over bridge railings and ridge tops.

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