Short Story Sunday: "Swim" by Jennifer Weiner
Ruth moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of being writer. And her dream came true when she became a writer on a hit television show. For unfortunate reasons though she leaves her job and to support herself takes on freelance writing jobs. But these aren't the jobs she would like to be putting on her resume. As she spends her time helping high school students write their college entrance essays she can't shake her disappointment and heartbreak. And so she takes to the pool, swimming lap after lap, trying to wash away her feelings. But when an unexpected client asks her to help craft his online profile, Ruth learns the importance of diving into life headfirst.
Swim by Jennifer Weiner was originally published in the short story collection titled The Guy Not Taken and is the prequel to Weiner's just released novel The Next Best Thing. This is a very sweet story, one that pulls you in right from the start (which is important in a short story, right?) The character of Ruth as well as her grandmother are heart-warming and loveable.
This story is free on Amazon Kindle right now. If you've never read a book by Jennifer Weiner, I highly recommend starting with this and then picking up The Next Best Thing afterward. You will be hooked on her writing. And if you haven't read The Guy Not Taken, pick that up as well, Weiner is just as wonderful writing short stories as she is novels.