Starred Review in Kirkus Reviews June 15, 2006
"As 'memoir' becomes an increasingly prevalent category—despite,
or because of, a recent contretemps over a particular title—it's
no surprise to find several coming from publishers of gay/lesbian works.
Don Weise, senior editor at Carroll & Graf, which typically publishes
about 20 gay-themed books a year, had no hesitation in picking out his
favorite book for the coming season. The History of Swimming, a memoir
by Kim Powers, is billed as "a harrowing and moving account of
the author's frantic search for his twin gay brother, who disappears
from New York City one weekend." Powers is already confirmed for
a Good Morning America interview with Diane Sawyer, and has found another
booster in author Adriana Trigiani. "The main reason I love this
so much," says Weise, "is that, though it will definitely
appeal to a gay readership, it's such a bigger book in so many ways—it
will easily find a mainstream audience. It's for anybody who's ever
had a troubling sibling relationship, or a difficult family relationship
of any kind—and that's got to be just about all of us!"
Publisher's Weekly 5/8/06
"This is a riveting memoir, sensitive, wise and unsparring. "The
History of Swimming" teaches so much about lives where the 'beams
of love" are interlaced with jagged glass. Twin brothers, joined
forever in hope and pain and laughter -- and longing -- for the place
they can swim in the sun."
"Kim Powers has written a personal and powerful memoir about life
with his twin, detailing their relationship from the womb to adulthood
with unfettered honesty. With the eye of a crack journalist and the
heart of a loving brother, Kim has written a story that will appeal
to those who have loved "the least of their brothers": the
addict, the mentally ill, and the emotionally distant."
Trigiani, author of "The Big Stone Gap" trilogy