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Prcic, Ismet (Book - 2011)
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Ismet Prcic's brilliant, provocative, and propulsively energetic debut is about a young Bosnian, also named Ismet Prcic, who has fled his war-torn homeland and is now struggling to reconcile his past with his present life in California. He is advised that in order to make peace with the corrosive guilt he harbors over leaving behind his family behind, he must "write everything." The result is a great rattlebag of memories, confessions, and fictions: sweetly humorous recollections of Ismet's childhood in Tuzla appear alongside anguished letters to his mother about the challenges of life in this new world. As Ismet's foothold in the present falls away, his writings are further complicated by stories from the point of view of another young man-real or imagined-named Mustafa, who joined a troop of elite soldiers and stayed in Bosnia to fight. When Mustafa's story begins to overshadow Ismet's new-world identity, the reader is charged with piecing together the fragments of a life that has become eerily unrecognizable, even to the one living it. Shards is a thrilling read-a harrowing war story, a stunningly inventive coming of age, and a heartbreaking saga of a splintered family.
Authors: Prcic, Ismet
Title: (--shards--)
Publisher: New York : Black Cat ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publisher's Group West, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 21 cm
Notes: Includes reading group guide
Awards & Distinctions: PNBA Award
NYT Notable Books of 2011
PNBA 2012 shortlist
Alternate Title: Shards
ISBN: 9780802170811
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Statement of Responsibility: Ismet Prcic
Subject Headings: Young men Bosnia and Hercegovina Fiction Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 Refugees Fiction Immigrants California, Southern Fiction Bosnian Americans Fiction Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 Fiction War Psychological aspects Fiction Families Bosnia and Hercegovina Fiction Coming of age Fiction
Genre/Form: War stories
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Young men
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995
Bosnian Americans
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995
Coming of age
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