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August 25, 2009

Swimming — by Nicola Keegan

I just finished this astonishing first novel last night.

Actually, around 2:30 this morning.

I simply couldn't put it down, it got that good toward the end.

Keegan has somehow channeled the fierce, borderline-insanely competitive drive of a world-class athlete and produced a wondrous work of art.

The novel tells the story of the rise of one Philomena Ash from her birth in Kansas to the triumphant podium of repeated Olympics, describing the joys and sorrows of a young life ascending to the very apex of world class swimming.

I was amazed when I watched the video up top of Keegan — I would never have dreamed someone like her would turn out to be the creator of this amazing character.

She states that she knew nothing about swimming when she undertook the book.

I'd love to see what Janet Evans and Dara Torres and their ilk thought about it.

You can read the first chapter here.

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