I loved writing this novel, and I love so many of the characters in this novel - the awkward and adorable Kirby, and her hilarious best friend, Clancy, and their glamorous love interest, Iris - and I am so excited for other people to read it and I hope they love them as much as I do. It's weird and it's funny and it's silly but hopefully it's also got a lot of heart.
Here's what it's about!
Steph Bowe is back. Night Swimming is a love story with a twist, and a whole lot of heart.
Imagine being the only two seventeen-year-olds in a small town. That’s life for Kirby Arrow—named after the most dissenting judge in Australia’s history—and her best friend Clancy Lee, would-be musical star.
Clancy wants nothing more than to leave town and head for the big smoke, but Kirby is worried: her family has a history of leaving. She hasn’t heard from her father since he left when she was a baby. Shouldn’t she stay to help her mother with the goat’s-milk soap-making business, look after her grandfather who suffers from dementia, be an apprentice carpenter to old Mr Pool? And how could she leave her pet goat, Stanley, her dog Maude, and her cat Marianne?
But two things happen that change everything for Kirby. She finds an article in the newspaper about her father, and Iris arrives in town. Iris is beautiful, wears crazy clothes, plays the mandolin, and seems perfect, really, thinks Kirby. Clancy has his heart set on winning over Iris. Trouble is Kirby is also falling in love with Iris…
You can find out more about it on my publisher's website. You'll be hearing a whole lot more about it over the next few months in the lead up to publication!