The first half of Julie Otsuka'sThe Swimmers focuses on the group of regulars at a local underground pool. Swimming is a huge part of these people's daily or weekly routine--but this comes to an end when the pool develops cracks and can no longer be used. At that point the novel becomes the story of one swimmer in particular: a woman named Alice, who has dementia. My mother also suffers from advanced dementia, and I found Otsuka's portrayal familiar and poignant, and the love Alice's daughter feels for her mother is palpable. This is a beautiful little book.
The Swimmers, by Julie Otsuka