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Pretty birds : a novel
Scott Simon
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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 1990's. 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.
posted Jul 6, 2006 at 12:49PM
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main characters Irena
Age: 17
Flees her home with her parents; discovers her grandmother had been slain; lived as refugees with no electricity or supplies; the former assistant principal of her school trains her in deception and weaponry to be a sniper.

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