When an affair ends badly and takes her career down with it, 26-year-old Erin leaves Auckland to spend the holiday weekend with her aunt, uncle and terminally ill mother at their suburban family home. On arrival she learns that her mother has decided to take matters into her own hands and end her life – the following Tuesday.
Tasked with fulfilling her mother’s final wishes, Erin finds herself navigating an eccentric neighbourhood, and her complicated family of former competitive swimmers. She must summon the strength she would normally find in the water as she prepares to lose the fiery, independent woman who raised her alone.
Longlisted for the 2021 Ockham Fiction award, The Swimmers is a witty, clever, quietly moving story from a bold New Zealand talent.