Prcic, Ismet

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : Black Cat ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publisher's Group West, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802170811
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 21 cm
Alternate Title: Shards


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Feb 20, 2015
  • joyfullkid rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an incredibly intense book which should be read by all teens. Follows young boy as he falls in love, leaves - falls in love again, leaves - can't seem to find his way, in life or in love.
Descriptions of war are deeply moving and his ultimate view of what life really means is very well put.


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