A human rights success story
of a friendship that defied an empire
Swimming in the Daylight is the remarkable story of a Russian teacher who reveals an indomitable spirit to her American student and imparts an unforgettable lesson: it is possible to swim in the daylight of hope even amid an ocean of darkness and despair. Set in the years just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this is the story of the improbable friendship between Lisa Paul, a young college student from the American Midwest, strong in her Catholic faith, and Inna Kitrosskaya Meiman, an internationally known Soviet Jew whose own government forbids her from receiving medical treatment abroad. As both women hold tight to the strength of their friendship, Lisa takes dramatic action to help Inna, and never gives up hope for her freedom. This moving account will inspire new generations to fight for the causes in which they believe.