The Swan by Jim Cohee
A Novel (Break Away Books)

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Ten-year-old Aaron Cooper has witnessed the death of his younger sister, Pookie, and the trauma has left him unwilling to speak. Aaron copes with life's challenges by disappearing into his own imagination, envisioning being captain of the Kon Tiki, driving his sled in the snowy Klondike, and tiger hunting in India. He is guarded by secret friends like deposed Hungarian Count Blurtz Shemshoian and Blurtz's wonder dog, Nipper, who protect him from the creature from the Black Lagoon-who hides in Aaron's closet at night. The tales he constructs for himself, the real life stories he is witness to, and his mother's desperate efforts to bring her son back from the brink, all come to a head at an emotional family dinner. Set in Indianapolis in 1957, The Swan is a fictional memoir about enduring love and the weighty nature of mortality.

 

About Jim Cohee

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Jim Cohee is a freelance writer, based in San Francisco, who has written for Lonely Planet. The Swan is his first novel.
 
Published August 1, 2011 by Indiana University Press. 136 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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This tiny and poignant book chronicles a 10-year-old boy's struggles to come to grips with family calam-ity and his retreat into fantasy.

Jul 04 2011 | Read Full Review of The Swan: A Novel (Break Away...

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This novel is also one of the first titles to be released from Break Away Books, an imprint of Indiana University Press.

Aug 16 2011 | Read Full Review of The Swan: A Novel (Break Away...

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