Review: To Swim Beneath The Earth

earth.pngMEGAN KIMSEY, born and raised in a small Colorado town on the edge of the La Plata Mountains, grows up haunted by images. Straddling cryptic glimpses of events that foretell her own future, and events remembered from a past in the highlands of Ecuador and Peru more than 400 years before she was born, she must challenge her Catholic upbringing and the stigma of a mental breakdown following a childhood tragedy, before she can strike out on a quest for meaning.

Megan’s journey leads her to South America and an expedition among the remnants of the Inca Empire, and finally, to a wind-swept outcropping high atop Cotopaxi Mountain in search of the frozen child she sees in her dreams. Accompanied by a team of archeologists and an indigenous woman of wisdom who becomes her mentor and guide, Megan must confront her ghosts and claim her own redemption.

It’s been a while since I’ve read some really great literary fiction, so maybe I just picked up To Swim Beneath the Earth at exactly the right time, but I loved this book! The author clearly put a lot of time and effort into creating the best story she could, paying attention to both making the plot of her story and the craft she used to create it as strong as possible.

We follow Megan through an incredible personal journey that also makes for a pretty spectacular adventure that will leave readers wanting to step outside their comfort zones and explore a little more of both the world and themselves.


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