The History of Swimming: A Memoir

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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. It really happened. The History of Swimming details Kim Powers' frantic search for his ...

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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. It really happened. 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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KLIATT - Nola Theiss
Twins Kim and Tim Powers grew up as the sons of a suicidal mother and an ineffectual father. Their much older brother Porky was their remote protector and Kim, as the first-born twin, also felt like a lifelong protector of his five-minute younger brother. All three grew up gay. Porky and Kim became professionally successful while Tim got lost in drugs, thwarted ambitions and suicide attempts. One weekend in Manhattan, Tim disappeared, and Kim, fearing the worst, made a trip to Tim's past, including Austin College and an acting camp, hoping to find him before it was too late. Much to his relief, Tim returned from his lost weekend on his own and seemed to have conquered his demons, only to have AIDS find and destroy him, along with their older brother. This memoir traces the emotional damage and the detritus left behind from their childhood and young adulthood as well as the deep bond they felt for each other as twins and brothers. Kim shows great sympathy for his brother, regret for his suffering, and appreciation for his gifts and the time they had together. Reviewer: Nola Theiss
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786719372
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Powers is an Emmy and Peabody-winning writer who’s worked at both ABC’s Good Morning America and Primetime with Diane Sawyer. An MFA graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he wrote the screenplay for the festival-favorite indie film Finding North, which plays frequently on the Sundance Channel. He was also a staff writer for the AMC dramatic series The Lot. Prior to writing, he was a development executive for various film and TV companies in New York and was a producer for PBS’s Great Performances. A native Texan, he currently lives in New York City and Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2008

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    I was captivated by the lives of Tim and Kim Powers. They went through some very tough times together. I felt so sad that they had such personal issues as adults and blamed each other much of the time. Kim Powers has told an amazing story, not the lives of typical twins.

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