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Friday, July 18, 2014

GOODBYE SARAJEVO By Atka Reid, Hana Schofield

Goodbye Sarajevo by Akta ReidPublisher:  Bloomsbury USA
Release Date:  April 2012
Pages:  352
Genre:  Non Fiction/Memoir

Reviewed By WC

About the Book:  A moving and compelling true story about two sisters fighting for survival in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war.

WC's Review:  This delightful story of the recent conflicts involving the good folks of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and Serbia reads life a fairy tale and ends like one. 

Two sister heroines, Atka and Hana, and their family, resolve to survive the ethnic cleansing propagated by the Yugoslav Peoples' Army when the countries declare independence. Atka, 21, remains in her beloved city of Sarajevo where she struggles against snipers, mortar fire, and desperate food shortages while twelve-year-old Hana is sent as a refugee to Croatia to seek asylum.

Survive they do. Aided by Andrew, a New Zealand photojournalist who hires Atka as a translator, all turns out well as they work against government control to escape the horrors of war to resettle with Andrew in New Zealand. 

Set in the middle of the bloodiest conflict in Europe since the reign of Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin, this biographical account not only gives an enlightening background of current events during the Clinton administration, but also envelops the reader with a vibrant story of courage, hope, and human kindness.