The swimmers are unknown to each other except through their private routines (slow lane, fast lane), and the solace each takes in their morning or afternoon laps. But when a crack appears at the bottom of the pool, they are cast into an unforgiving world without comfort.
One of these swimmers, Alice, is slowly losing her memory. Without the fellowship of other swimmers and the routine of her daily laps, she plunges into chaos and disorientation. She is immersed in memories of her childhood and her life in a Japanese internment camp during the war. Narrated by Alice’s daughter, The Swimmers, an intimate story of mothers and daughters, sorrows and loss, is written in spellbinding prose.