Pretty Birds (Paperback)

Author: Simon, Scott

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A respected NPR journalist and bestselling memoirist makes his fiction debut with this intense, startling, and tragicomic portrait of a young woman--a former high school basketball star turned sniper--in the besieged city of Sarajevo in the early 1990s.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780812973303
SKU 202151168
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0812973305
Release Date 5/9/2006
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
"A magnificent tribute, not just to the Sarajevans...but to the indestructible human spirit."
"[A] searing first novel....[A] portrait of resilience, punctuated by mortar blasts and Clash songs, and a tragicomic study of the moral ambivalence war forces on its victims."
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Annotation After being raped and seeing her grandmother killed, a Serbian high-school basketball player named Irina Zaric is recruited as a sniper during the war in Bosnia in the 1990s. Ambivalent at first about possibly killing innocent people, she overcomes her scruples and becomes as good at shooting as she was at shooting baskets in more normal times. Scott Simon's often humorous--and just as often heartrending--novel is both a dazzling coming-of-age story and an unsparingly honest picture of ordinary people at war. The book grew from an interview Simon--an NPR journalist--conducted with a young Serbian sniper.
Editors Note Brutalized and forced into hiding by the Bosnian Serbs' war of ethnic cleansing, Irena, a Muslim high-school basketball star, is separated from her best friend, Amela, a Christian, is recruited to become a sniper, and becomes a pawn in the dangerous chess game of political maneuvering and power struggle in the war-torn city of Sarajevo.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0351
Publisher Random House Trade

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