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Pretty Birds (Paperback)

Author:  Scott Simon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812973305
ISBN-13: 9780812973303
Sku: 202151168
Publish Date: 5/9/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  351
Age Range:  NA
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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.
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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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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.

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Kirkus Reviews
"A magnificent tribute, not just to the Sarajevans...but to the indestructible human spirit." 03/15/2005

New York Times Book Review
"[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." - Gregory Cowles 07/03/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0351
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Trade
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