A review of girl at war a novel by sara novic

From a distance, Serb soldiers take target practice and shoot systematically left to right at those who are on their knees.

Girl at War performs the miracle of making the stories of broken lives in a distant country feel as large and universal as myth. Thanks to Novic's considerable skill, Ana's return visit to her homeland and her past is nearly as cathartic for the reader as it is for Ana.

I stood close while she discussed the mounting tensions on the banks of the Danube with the women on the other side of the clothesline, absorbing as much as I could before running off to find my friends.

The house where we usually stayed the summers belonged to Petar's grandfather. American Library Association's Alex Award. When the war arrives at her doorstep, Ana must find her way in a dangerous world.

The sentences that follow are equally as lyrical as a folk lament and as taut as metal wire wrapped through an electrified fence USA Today Novic's debut novel draws on her personal experiences of the break-up of the former Yugoslavia to craft a fiction that is heartfelt, in places harrowing, but ultimately redemptive Mail on Sunday From its first sentence, Sara Novic's debut novel unfolds on both intimate and immense scales But the Serbs had blocked the roads to the sea, at least that's what everyone was saying, so for the first time in my life we spent the summer inland.

During World War II the ban's sword was aimed toward the Hungarians in a defensive gesture, but afterward the Communists had removed the statue in a neutralization of nationalistic symbols.

After a while he got up and came to sit on the armrest of the couch, where I lay. At home my mother paced the kitchen talking on the phone to friends in other towns, then hung out the window, passing the news to the next apartment building over.

I heard my father pressing the foot pedals down in rhythm with the habitual nervous jiggle of his leg, but he didn't touch the keys.

It constitutes signal proof that even great history is insufficient to tell the story of the twentieth century in Europe: The strings supported the sheets and blankets and bigger articles of clothing that served as makeshift tents.

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The story of the war that enveloped Croatia during the fragmentation of Yugoslavia is told through her perceptive eyes. It will be interesting to see if another novelist, particularly a first-time novelist, can match Novic's bravura, gut-punching opening section.

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Girl at War is an extraordinarily poised and potent debut novel, a story about grief and exile, memory and identity, and the redemptive power of love Financial Times A shattering debut I skirted the biggest pothole in front of the bar frequented by the daytime drinkers, slowing only slightly as I came upon the old man at his folding table hawking stolen chocolates.

She holds an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Stockton University, a public liberal arts school in southern New Jersey.

When we arrived in the Trg it was crowded and I could tell something was wrong. The end of Part I had me crying and many other scenes caused me to tear up as well.

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Ana is now a college student in Manhattan. Daily life is altered by food rations and air raid drills, and soccer matches are replaced by sniper fire. But there were no bonfires or circus sideshows; there was no music--these were not the migrant people I'd seen on the outskirts of the northern villages.

I wondered if there was a special brand of Bosnian cigarettes, too, and whether Luka's father smoked those. But her face softened quickly. For as long as I could remember my family had vacationed with my godparents in a fishing village down south.

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I put my elbows on the counter to get the clerk's attention. By the time Ana becomes a student at a New York university, all that violence has been bottled up inside her head for a decade.

Sara Novic writes with ruthless understatement not only about a modern city subjected to primitive horrors, but about young Ana's subsequent war against the American urge to forget.

Haunted by the events that forever changed her family, Ana returns to Croatia after a decade away, hoping to make peace with the place she once called home. We first meet her protagonist, Ana, as an ordinary, happy girl, living with her parents and baby sister in a small apartment and riding bikes with her friend Luka through the city.

My mother's break from teaching allowed us three months of vacation--my father taking a train, meeting us later--and the five of us would live there together on the cliffs along the Adriatic.

Now he was facing south, toward Belgrade. Zagreb, summer of I stayed up all night just to read it and it was so beautiful and sad and heartbreakingly honest. Play evolved into survival. As she faces her ghosts, she must come to terms with her country's difficult history and the events that interrupted her childhood years before.

Now that we were landlocked, the weekend dinners had become an anxious charade of normalcy. It's a scene that haunts the rest of the book. Girl at War (Paperback) (Sara Novic) About this item.

Details. Girl at War performs the miracle of making the stories of broken lives in a distant country feel as large and universal as myth.”—The New York Times Book Review(Editor’s Choice).

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Sara Novic's debut novel, Girl at War, zeroes in on the Croatian War of Independence, which lasted from to The United Nations estimates that 3, to 4, child soldiers (some as young as 10) took part in the fighting, most of them in Bosnia and Croatia, though other sources put the numbers at more like 10, Sara Novic's powerful debut novel, Girl at War, is a superb exploration of conflict and its aftermath, and a stark reminder that while ceasefires and peace treaties may end the fighting, they don't always end the suffering * The National *.

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