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J.M Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society
January 7, 2013 - Amy Phelps
A woman gets out of the big city on a project to work finds friendship with a group of older women and a romance in Barbara J. Zitwer's "The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society."
Joey has been sent to England to oversee restoration of Stanway House, where J.M. Barrie wrote 'Peter Pan.' She attempts to reconnect with her former best friend, who has married and had four children, but they both find their relationship stiff and awkward. And Ian, the brooding caretaker of the home, doesn't seem to welcoming to Joey, those his lovely daughter, Lily, likes her New York-style. When Joey happens upon an older woman she thinks is drowning in the freezing water, she tries to save her, and instead makes friends with Aggie, Gala, Lilia and Meg, a group of "polar bear" older women whose cold swims and friendship have continued for longer than Joey has been alive. Through bonding with these ladies, Joey gets to take a second look at her life, her friendships and where she's headed in a relationship with Ian.
The older women's friendship is sweet and uplifting. I found Joey a bit too smug sometimes, but she does have some growth there.
"The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society" is published by Marble Arch Press. It is $15 and 267 pages long.
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