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The Resource (--shards--), Ismet Prcic

(--shards--), Ismet Prcic

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(--shards--)
Title
(--shards--)
Statement of responsibility
Ismet Prcic
Title variation
Shards
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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's description
Summary
A young Bosnian, Ismet Prcic, who has fled his war-torn homeland for California, uses writing to come to terms with his past, while another Bosnian, Mustafa, stays in his country to fight
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2011.
  • Oregon Book Awards, Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, 2013.
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10004063
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Prcic, Ismet
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Young men
  • Yugoslav War, 1991-1995
  • Immigrants
  • Bosnian Americans
  • Yugoslav War, 1991-1995
  • War
  • Families
  • Coming of age
  • War stories
  • Psychological fiction
  • Bildungsromans
Target audience
adult
Label
(--shards--), Ismet Prcic
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes reading group guide
Control code
ocn707255666
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
392 p.
Isbn
9780802170811
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)707255666
Label
(--shards--), Ismet Prcic
Publication
Note
Includes reading group guide
Control code
ocn707255666
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
392 p.
Isbn
9780802170811
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)707255666

Library Locations

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