A Kirkus Top Debut

A Daily Beast Best Book of Summer

A Good Morning America Top Pick

A Chapters/Indigo Heather’s Pick

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, March 9, 9:00-10:15 AM:  Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, Boston, MA. Room 309, level 3.

    How Do You Know When You’re Ready? (Kim Wright, Tracy Crow, Holly LeCraw, Alison Smith) When’s the right time to show new work to a circle of beta readers? How about your agent or editor? Writers struggle with this issue, some of them throwing their books into the marketplace prematurely, and others holding on too long, tinkering for years with those final forty pages. And even if your book is ready, you yourself might not be. The adjustment from writer to author is a tricky one, requiring a level of objectivity that’s hard to maintain. Finally, when, if ever, does it make sense to wait out the market? Do publishing trends dictate when you make your move?

    2013 AWP Conference Schedule  
  • Wednesday, April 24, 7PM: Newtonville Books, Newton Centre, MA Celebrity Bookclub meets to discuss All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. Hosted by Holly LeCraw. No Registration Required. Newtonville Books

Riveting and psychologically complex.”
–Amy Tan

–Elinor Lipman

Every sentence drips with delicious deeper meaning.”
–AARP Magazine

A remarkably confident first novel…Whether open or suppressed, passion rules events, but this is not a murder mystery; instead LeCraw reveals the complex moral and psychological mystery within all relationships.”
–Kirkus Reviews

This novel about Cape Cod’s social circles reveals the miseries hiding beneath its sanitized and highly chlorinated surface… the suburban afflictions that are drowning these characters make The Swimming Pool difficult to put down.”
–Entertainment Weekly

The Swimming Pool - paperback cover

This hazy-hot novel, set on sun-drenched Cape Cod, chills to the bone.”
–People Magazine

A fearless debut novel full of fresh insights and casually elegant writing…LeCraw was born and raised in Atlanta, where her father founded the late, great Oxford Books. After spending her childhood among the shelves of wonderful books, she has created one of her own.”
–Atlanta Magazine

This exceptionally complex and accomplished novel does not read like the work of a beginning writer. Insightful…an author to watch.”
–Library Journal, Starred Review

Strong writing keeps the reader sucked in to LeCraw’s painful family drama debut. It is a story of deep and searing love, between siblings and lovers, but most powerfully between parents and their children.”
– Publishers Weekly

This book, in many ways, defies simple classification — it is a psychological novel, a coming-of-age-novel, a novel about relationships, and marriages, and suffering. It is precisely the quiet kind of book I have come to admire — it is crafted, not just written; it is a wonderful read.”

LeCraw is an elegant writer….THE SWIMMING POOL is an insightful, compelling examination of love and betrayal. Powerful and page-turning.”
–Winnipeg Free Press