Courtney Brkic, The First Rule of Swimming

Courtney BrkicTuesday, March 3, 2015

TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
$20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

In The First Rule of Swimming, Magdalena leaves the isolated Croatian island where her family has always lived and sets off to New York to find her younger sister. Her search begins to unspool the dark history of their family, reaching back three generations to a country torn by war. Brooke Allen wrote in the New York Times Book Review that “Brkic conveys . . .dislocations with empathy and poetic grace,” and The New Yorker calls the novel “A suspenseful debut…The novel draws its narrative force from the characters’ desire to protect family and to survive at all costs…”

Courtney Brkic is also the author of Stillness: and Other Stories (2003) and The Stone Fields (2004). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, and National Geographic, among others. She has received a Fulbright scholarship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Writer’s award. The Stone Fields was shortlisted for a Freedom of Expression Award by the Index on Censorship. The book will be available for signing and purchase.

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