Nominated for the PEN/Hemingway award, Water Dancer is now available for the first time in ebook format.
Water Dancer tells the story of Dorey Thomas, a marathon swimmer training to cross the cold, brutal waters of the San Antonio Strait. It is a feat no other athlete has ever achieved. This swim will be her return to life after suffering a nervous breakdown. Her trainer, Sarge Olssen, faces an old enemy; for the San Antonio Strait took the life of his only son. Since then he and his wife, Ilana, have lived in isolation, torn from the world and from each other. Dorey’s year of training brings the passions of these three to the surface, becoming not only a test of physical endurance for Dorey but a test of the spirit for them all: a road to healing and redemption, and a rebirth of the ability to love. Swirling at the core of this mythical journey is water itself, the mysterious element of sustenance, destruction, transformation.
“Water Dancer is a hard, rewarding book; about much more than swimming. This is a book I want my sons and daughters to read. The love felt and described is inspiring. It transcends the physical, sensual, sexual to the spiritual, the psychic. It touches on the essential quality of love, and takes us into depths and through currents almost unendurable, to new insights, new beaches.” – William Wharton, author of Birdy
“A Sargasso Sea of brilliant and startling images…Levin’s prose dazzles.” – Los Angeles Herald Examiner
“An extraordinary first novel.” – The Village Voice
About Author Jenifer Levin:
Jenifer Levin is known for her novels Water Dancer (nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award), Snow, Shimoni’s Lover, The Sea of Light (nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in Fiction), and her short story collection Love and Death, & Other Disasters. Her essays and short fiction are widely anthologized. She has also contributed feature articles to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, among others. One of the first openly gay authors to be published in the mainstream press, the Washington Post named her part of the “lesbian literati”.
Levin graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Comparative Literature, subsequently studying Medical Anthropology and South Asian history. She traveled widely in Europe and Southeast Asia, lived and worked in Israel, and studied Tibetan Buddhism for 10 years. A former competitive swimmer, she has coached women’s running and weight-training and completed several marathons.
Levin has two sons whom she adopted as toddlers from Cambodia. Her essays about Cambodia—a country devastated by war, poverty, and genocide—before and after the intervention of the United Nations, and her experiences adopting and raising special needs children, have appeared in several anthologies.
She and her family live in New York City.
How to Purchase Water Dancer:
Water Dancer is $4.99 from The Untreed Reads Store in a variety of formats, including PDF, EPUB and Kindle formats. You’ll also find the titles at virtually every ebook retailer around the world including Amazon, B&N, Kobo, WHSmith and Waterstone’s.
If the title hasn’t arrived at your favorite retailer, it soon will! It sometimes takes our retailers a few weeks to process new titles.
Untreed Reads ebook titles are also available for sale to public libraries through our distributor Overdrive. If you’d like to see our titles available for electronic checkout at your local library, please let them know.