Girl at War: A Novel

Novic, Sara

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Synopsis: For readers of The Tiger?s Wife and All the Light We Cannot See comes a powerful debut novel about a girl?s coming of age?and how her sense of family, friendship, love, and belonging is profoundly shaped by war.
 
Zagreb, 1991. Ana Juri? is a carefree ten-year-old, living with her family in a small apartment in Croatia?s capital. But that year, civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, splintering Ana?s idyllic childhood. Daily life is altered by food rations and air raid drills, and soccer matches are replaced by sniper fire. Neighbors grow suspicious of one another, and Ana?s sense of safety starts to fray. When the war arrives at her doorstep, Ana must find her way in a dangerous world.
 
New York, 2001. Ana is now a college student in Manhattan. Though she?s tried to move on from her past, she can?t escape her memories of war?secrets she keeps even from those closest to her. 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. 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.
 
Moving back and forth through time, Girl at War is an honest, generous, brilliantly written novel that illuminates how history shapes the individual. Sara Novi? fearlessly shows the impact of war on one young girl?and its legacy on all of us. It?s a precocious debut by a writer who has stared into recent history to find a story that continues to resonate today.
 
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?An unforgettable portrait of how war forever changes the life of the individual, Girl at War is a remarkable debut by a writer working with deep reserves of talent, heart, and mind.? ?Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure
 
?Intimate, crushingly brutal, and beautiful, Girl at War is the work of someone far more mature than her years. It constitutes signal proof that even great history is insufficient to tell the story of the twentieth century in Europe: Great fiction like this book is required, too.? ?Robert D. Kaplan, author of Balkan Ghosts and Asia?s Cauldron
 
?With piercing clarity and devastating wit, Sara Novi? traces the enduring fallout of a childhood interrupted by conflict. Girl at War is a deeply affecting meditation on identity and memory, loss and survival, and what it means to feel at home in the world.? ?Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel and A Partial History of Lost Causes
 
? Girl at War depicts the still-fresh nightmare of the Yugoslavian civil war, survived by a girl much too young to know all she knows. Sara Novi? 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. Sentence after perfectly weighted sentence lands with the sound of a gavel. The first fifty pages might be the best fifty pages you read this year.? ?Jonathan Dee, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Privileges and A Thousand Pardons
 
?Sara Novi? isn?t here to play games. Her debut novel, Girl at War, serves as the announcement of an audacious talent. Great war stories are engaging and rough and honest, and Novi??s book is certainly all three.? ?Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver

Product Description: Part war saga, part coming-of-age tale, part story of love and friendship, Girl at War is a powerful debut novel by a young writer whose work will appeal to readers of Anthony Marra, Téa Obreht, and Anthony Doerr.
 
Advance praise for Girl at War
 
?An unforgettable portrait of how war forever changes the life of the individual, Girl at War is a remarkable debut by a writer working with deep reserves of talent, heart, and mind.? ?Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story
 
?Intimate, crushingly brutal, and beautiful at once, Girl at War is the work of someone far more mature than her years. It constitutes signal proof that even great history is insufficient to tell the story of the twentieth century in Europe: Great fiction like this book is required, too.? ?Robert D. Kaplan, author of Balkan Ghosts and Asia?s Cauldron
 
?A breathtaking debut. With piercing clarity and devastating wit, Novi? traces the enduring fallout of a childhood interrupted by conflict. Girl at War is an unforgettable, deeply affecting meditation on identity and memory, loss and survival, and what it means to feel at home in the world.? ?Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel and A Partial History of Lost Causes
 
? Girl at War depicts the still-fresh nightmare of the Yugoslavian civil war, survived by a girl much too young to know all she knows. Sara Novi? 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. Sentence after perfectly weighted sentence lands with the sound of a gavel. The first fifty pages might be the best fifty pages you read this year.? ?Jonathan Dee, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Privileges and A Thousand Pardons
 
? Girl at War is a harrowing, unforgettable novel. From the devastation of the Yugoslavian civil war, Sara Novi? has wrought a deeply moving and necessary story of exile, family, and memory; a prayer over the unquiet graves of public and private trauma. Novic?s prose is so assured and wise that you?ll think this must be her tenth book rather than her first one, but indeed this is a debut?a major, unmissable debut.? ?Justin Taylor, author of Flings
 
?Sara Novi? is a brilliant storyteller with a large, generous heart?a bright new star in the literary firmament. And Girl at War is a haunting, chilling, and inspiring tale of a young woman?s coming of age in the shadow of war. It is as gorgeously crafted and compelling as it is moving, and there is a tenderness here, a sense of how exile?both physical and emotional?can shape our destinies, and of how friendship and love can allow us to survive and thrive.? ?Jay Neugeboren, author of Imagining Robert and The Stolen Jew

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