The Campbell Gardens Ladies’ Swimming Class:

The Campbell Gardens Ladies’ Swimming Class

By Vrushali Junnarkar

Published by Epigram Books

Fiction Collections



--Winner of the 2023 Epigram Books Fiction Prize--

A peek into the lives of Indian women learning to swim.

An eclectic group of Indian women living in a condominium in Singapore are determined to learn how to swim. To accomplish this, they must challenge cultural taboos, paddle against the tide of ingrained beliefs, tread carefully past family members, and dive deep into their pooled psyche to let go of things held dear.

The Campbell Gardens Ladies’ Swimming Class goes beneath the surface to fathom what hinders these women from owning the water. It plunges into unexpected situations and encounters unusual role models who help uplift these women and make them believe that nothing is impossible.