The First Rule of Swimming

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The First Rule of Swimming

By Courtney Angela Brkic

Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316217361, 321pp.

Publication Date: July 8, 2014

"Courtney Brkic gracefully interweaves three generations of family stories and lies...all with authority and wisdom...An intimate portrayal of life in exile." "---O, the Oprah Magazine
"When free spirit Jadranka mysteriously disappears shortly after emigrating to America, her older sister Magdalena must leave their ancestral Croatian island home and follow her to New York City. Magdalena's search begins to unspool the dark history of their family, reaching back three generations to a country torn by war.
This haunting and sure-footed first novel explores the legacy of betrayal and loss in a place where beauty is fused with hardship, and where individuals are forced to make wrenching choices as they are swept up in the tides of history.

About the Author
Courtney Angela Brkic is the author of "Stillness", for which she won the prestigious Whiting Award, and "The Stone Fields". She has worked for the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague and for Physicians for Human Rights. She lives in Ohio.