The History of Swimming
Carroll & Graf
On Sale: July 28, 2006
Featuring: Kim Powers; Tim Powers
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They entered the world just five minutes apart, twins
swimming out of the womb together, already arguing about who
got to lead the way. They grew up together, best friends
with rhyming names. They even went to the same college —
where one of them had a nervous breakdown, and the other
didn’t. Grown-up, one of them became a suicidal drunk, the
other a success. Now, one is missing, and the other has just
three days to find him.
The History of Swimming details Kim
Powers’ frantic search for his twin brother Tim who
disappears from Manhattan one weekend while in his late 20s.
Kim almost mystically imagines that the clues to Tim’s
whereabouts have been planted in a series of letters written
by Tim over the years. Now, Kim uses the letters as a sort
of roadmap that takes him to Texas, the setting of their
greatest triumphs and tragedies.
At the small Texas
college where many of these events occurred, Kim falls in
with two eccentric traveling companions who guide him on the
last leg of his quest, driving through the night to the one
final place where Tim might be.
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