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Girl at War: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sara Novic

Narrated By: Julia Whelan

Date: May 2015

Duration: 7 hours 32 minutes


For readers of The Tiger’s Wife and All the Light We Cannot See comes a powerful debut novel about a girl’s coming of age—and how her sense of family, friendship, love, and belonging is profoundly shaped by war.


Zagreb, 1991. Ana Jurić is a carefree ten-year-old, living with her family in a small apartment in Croatia’s capital. But that year, civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, splintering Ana’s idyllic childhood. Daily life is altered by food rations and air raid drills, and soccer matches are replaced by sniper fire. Neighbors grow suspicious of one another, and Ana’s sense of safety starts to fray. When the war arrives at her doorstep, Ana must find her way in a dangerous world.

New York, 2001. Ana is now a college student in Manhattan. Though she’s tried to move on from her past, she can’t escape her memories of war—secrets she keeps even from those closest to her. Haunted by the events that forever changed her family, Ana returns to Croatia after a decade away, hoping to make peace with the place she once called home. As she faces her ghosts, she must come to terms with her country’s difficult history and the events that interrupted her childhood years before.

Moving back and forth through time, Girl at War is an honest, generous, brilliantly written novel that illuminates how history shapes the individual. Sara Nović fearlessly shows the impact of war on one young girl—and its legacy on all of us. It’s a debut by a writer who has stared into recent history to find a story that continues to resonate today.

Praise for Girl at War

“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

“Shattering . . . 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


  • Susan R.

    I enjoyed this book. It was interesting and I learned something I never knew about. Would love a part 2 to see how Anna lived out the rest of her life! The narrator was excellent as well.

  • Melanie Kramer

    I really enjoyed this book and the narrator handled the different ages, genders, and languages really well. the only negative thing I can say is that I wanted the book to keep going. I wasn't paying attention to how far into it I was and I was surprised when it ended. I understand why the author closed the book when she did but I wanted more.

  • Lynn Laursen

    Very interesting book. Well written. Captivating. Very compelling.

  • Robin Maddox

    I love a gripping fictional book that teaches me a non-fictional history lesson in the telling and Girl of War did not disappoint. It was riveting right up to the very end.. Which kind of just.. Well, ended. I was left with so many questions that it led me to hold back a star. I honestly thought maybe here was a part 2. I could download. Wishful thinking. Still, this is a must read. BTW, I discovered this book from a free newsletter, the Skimm. It's a 5 min read each day and well worth the time. Anyone interested can follow this link.

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