The First Rule of Swimming

By Courtney Angela Brkic
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316217385, 321pp.)

Publication Date: May 28, 2013

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Description
A woman must leave her island home to search for her missing sister-and confront the haunted history of her family.
Magdalena does not panic when she learns that her younger sister has disappeared. A free-spirit, Jadranka has always been prone to mysterious absences. But when weeks pass with no word, Magdalena leaves the isolated Croatian island where their family has always lived and sets off to New York to find her sister. Her search begins to unspool the dark history of their family, reaching back three generations to a country torn by war.
A haunting and sure-footed debut by an award-winning writer, "The First Rule of Swimming "explores the legacy of betrayal and loss in a place where beauty is fused inextricably 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.
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