Girl at War by Sara Novic (EPUB, MOBI, AZW3)
Zagreb, summer of 1991. Ten-year-old Ana Jurić is a carefree tomboy who runs the streets of Croatia’s capital with her best friend, Luka, takes care of her baby sister, Rahela, and idolizes her father. But as civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, soccer games and school lessons are supplanted by sniper fire and air raid drills. When tragedy suddenly strikes, Ana is lost to a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers; a daring escape plan to America becomes her only chance for survival.
Ten years later Ana is a college student in New York. She’s been hiding her past from her boyfriend, her friends, and most especially herself. Haunted by the events that forever changed her family, she returns alone to Croatia, where she must rediscover the place that was once her home and search for the ghosts of those she’s lost.
Girl at War is one of those debut novels that makes you really really excited for the future of fiction.
Everything about Girl at War is phenomenal. Her writing is fluid, her characters are vivid, and she brings a strong perspective. Voice to subject matter that is serious and important while resisting the temptation to play it sentimental.
Girl at War is beautifully done, from start to finish. There’s an immediacy to the writing that is incredibly compelling. Whether she is writing about bloodshed and terror or about her discomfort in talking about her experiences to Americans. Who are well-intentioned but lack any comparable background which would allow them to truly understand.
I feel like this book will be a strong contender for any of the awards people give to books. It is accessible enough for use in any book club. It is powerful and absolutely perfect.