Adult Fiction SIMON
Summary: Irena is a high-school basketball star with a frank sexuality and a wonderful sense of the absurd. She is Muslim. Her teammate and best friend, Amela, is Christian. When the Bosnian Serbs begin to wage their war of ethnic cleansing against the Muslims, Irena and her parents are brutalized and forced into hiding in her grandmother's apartment. Tedic is a Muslim man who, with a combination of psychological wiles and political conviction, recruits Irena to become a sniper in defense of her home and her people. He teaches her not to return to the same perch twice and, after firing, to search her targets for "mist"--the grisly and unmistakable sign of a kill. Intensified by a daring visit from Amela and its terrifying results, this mortal chess game of guile and manipulation plays out against the backdrop of a beautiful, war-torn city. Scott Simon lived the siege of Sarajevo as a reporter. Everything in Pretty Birds is true--the kind of dramatic truth that only fiction can tell.
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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.