Swimming to the Top of the Tide: Finding Life Where Land and Water Meet (Paperback)

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I fell in love with how Patricia Hanlon relayed her swimming experiences in New England. This story arc, which began when her and her husband started their initial descent into swimming around the New England, turns into a poetic account of what it feels like to start something new, and make a list of terms and conditions that will keep it enjoyable. Patricia recounts her experiences in log format and essays, while also providing context and scientific facts on the underwater world of The Great Marsh. This is a splendid read, not only to learn something new, but to also immerse yourself in the literary account of a married, artistic pair of New Englander's falling in love with an activity together.

— From Viana

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"Like Wendell Berry and Rachel Carson, Hanlon is a true poet-ecologist, sharing in exquisitely resonant prose her patient observations of nature's most intimate details. As she and her husband, through summer and snow, swim their local creeks and estuaries, we marvel at the timeless yet fragile terrain of both marshlands and marriage. This is the book to awaken all of us, right now, to how our coastline is changing and what it means for our future." --Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and A House Among the Trees

"Written with a swimmer's spirit, a naturalist's eye, and an ecologist's heart, this book took me to places I have never been. I loved it " --Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica and Swimming in the Sink

The Great Marsh is the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. Patricia Hanlon and her husband built their home and raised their children alongside it. But it is not until the children are grown that they begin to swim the tidal estuary daily. Immersing herself, she experiences, with all her senses in all seasons, the vigor of a place where the two ecosystems of fresh and salt water mix, merge, and create new life.

In Swimming to the Top of the Tide, Hanlon lyrically charts her explorations, at once intimate and scientific. Noting the disruptions caused by human intervention, she bears witness to the vitality of the watersheds, their essential role in the natural world, and the responsibility of those who love them to contribute to their sustainability.

Patricia Hanlon is a visual artist who paints the beautiful ecosystem of New England's Great Marsh and is involved in the watershed organizations of Greater Boston. Swimming to the Top of the Tide is her first book.

About the Author


Patricia Hanlon is a visual artist who paints the beautiful ecosystem of New England's Great Marsh and is involved in the watershed organizations of Greater Boston. Swimming to the Top of the Tide chronicles a year of swimming the tidal estuaries with her husband, Robert, and is her first book.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781942658870
ISBN-10: 1942658877
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English