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Review of ‘The Three Year Swim Club’

“I was a stranger,” writes Julie Checkoway in her preamble to this nearly lost story of a remarkable Maui swimming coach, “but it seemed to me that someone ought to try to save it.” Save the story she has, through exhaustive research and sparkling prose. 

In 1932, a schoolteacher named Soichi Sakamoto couldn’t bear to…

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