Swimming Lessons

The truth doesn’t always equal answers

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

3.8/5

This book was read within a day. There is so much within this novel that you could talk about but for this post, I’d like to focus one of the overwhelming themes of truth and imagination, what is real and what has been made up? This is a question that is brought up a lot when the characters and the readers wonder what really happened to Ingrid, a woman who disappears one day, leaving behind a complicated history with her husband and two children. But the more we read, the more we see that this is not, in fact, the question that matters. Continue reading “Swimming Lessons”

To Walk Invisible

A look at the struggle between dreams and a harsh reality.

On Sunday night, PBS aired To Walk Invisible, a movie that follows the Bronte sisters as they struggle to get their work published while dealing with familial issues. What was wonderful about this drama was picking up on the tidbits of fun facts about the sisters- from Emily’s love of her dog to Charlotte’s enrapturement with Emily’s poetry. For those familiar with the works of the Brontes, it was astonishing to see the sisters go about daily life in the often dark and dull atmosphere of their home with the knowledge that this environment produced colorfully imaginative works. And that imagination we catch only in the brief scenes where the sisters and their brother are shown playing as children. Indeed, after watching, this movie is as much about Branwell as it is about his famous sisters. Continue reading “To Walk Invisible”