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Author Prcic, Ismet.

Title (--shards--) / Ismet Prcic.

Imprint New York : Black Cat ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publisher's Group West, c2011.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Fiction    FIC PRCIC,I    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description 392 p. ; 21 cm.
Note Includes reading group guide.
Summary "A young Bosnian, named Ismet Prcic, 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 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 harrowing war story, an inventive coming of age, and a heartbreaking saga of a splintered family"--From publisher's description.
Subject 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.
Genre/Form War stories.
Psychological fiction
Added Title Shards
ISBN 9780802170811 (pbk.)
0802170811 (pbk.)

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