Girl at War

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5.2 X 8.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.64 pounds

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About the Author

Sara Novic is the author of the novel Girl at War, which won an American Library Association Award, was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and is forthcoming in thirteen more languages. She holds an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Stockton University, a public liberal arts school in southern New Jersey. She lives in Philadelphia.


"Outstanding . . . Girl at War performs the miracle of making the stories of broken lives in a distant country feel as large and universal as myth."--The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

"[An] old-fashioned page-turner that will demand all of the reader's attention, happily given. A debut novel that astonishes."--Vanity Fair

"A shattering debut . . . The book begins with what deserves to become one of contemporary literature's more memorable opening lines. The sentences that follow are equally as lyrical as a folk lament and as taut as metal wire wrapped through an electrified fence."--USA Today

"[A] gripping debut novel . . . [Sara] Novic, in tender and eloquent prose, explores the challenge of how to live even after one has survived."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Powerful and vividly wrought . . . Novic writes about horrors with an elegant understatement. In cool, accomplished sentences, we are met with the gravity, brutality and even the mundaneness of war and loss as well as the enduring capacity to live."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Intimate and immense . . . [Novic is] a writer whose own gravity and talent anchor this novel."--The New York Times

"Sara Novic's powerful debut novel . . . is an important and profoundly moving reading experience. . . . It will be interesting to see if another novelist, particularly a first-time novelist, can match Novic's bravura, gut-punching opening section. . . . Girl at War is a superb exploration of conflict and its aftermath."--The National

"Astonishing . . . Girl at War is an extraordinarily poised and potent debut novel, a story about grief and exile, memory and identity, and the redemptive power of love."--Financial Times

"Remarkable."--Julia Glass, The Boston Globe

"[A] powerful, gorgeous debut novel."--Adam Johnson, The Week

"One of this year's most discussed debuts . . . What makes [Girl at War] unique is that it's not concerned with unmasking the horrors of war, as many have repeatedly done. Instead, this book is an exploration of how humans grow, prosper and move on from unthinkable times."--Paste

"As Novic gradually reveals, you can take the girl out of the war zone, but you can't take the war zone out of the girl. By the time Ana becomes a student at a New York university, all that violence has been bottled up inside her head for a decade. Thanks to Novic's considerable skill, Ana's return visit to her homeland and her past is nearly as cathartic for the reader as it is for Ana."--Booklist (starred review)

"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