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WINNER OF THE 2011 Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers Lesleyanne Ryan''s debut novel Braco takes place over the five days following the fall of Srebrenica in 1995 The narrative follows the perspectives of Bosnian civilians UN Peacekeepers Ser. What you see is not true and what is true is not seen” Violence and war in fiction can rarely match up to the sordid devious reality of it We cannot dream of the depths to which we humans can fall This is what makes Lesleyanne Ryan's book Braco a truly compelling read Although a fictional account it is based on facts and on the author's own experiences as a peacekeeper in Bosnia during six months of the Balkans conflict in 19934I'm not surprised that Braco has been shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award It is a powerful book written in almost journalistic style from six points of view a Bosnian boy Atif who struggles after the fall of Srebrenica to escape through the woods to safety and five people who touch his life Marija his mother; Tarak a Bosnian soldier; Nico a Serbian soldier; Jac a Dutch peacekeeper; and Mike a journalistI can promise you this if once you pick up this book you will not be able to tear yourself away until you have finished it And it's one of those books that will haunt you long after you have put it down because you know that the events described actually happened In July 1995 over 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in and around Srebrenica were massacred by units of the Serb Army This grim statistic does not take into account the true horror of the Balkans conflict The killings had begun years before hundreds of villages destroyed and over 70000 people displaced in a campaign of ethnic cleansingLesleyanne Ryan must have had to wring her heart out to write this book As a reader I can only be grateful that she succeeded

characters Braco author Lesleyanne Ryan

Braco author Lesleyanne RyBian and Bosnian soldiers as well as a Canadian photojournalist A retired veteran and former Bosnian Peacekeeper Ryan vividly captures the visceral tension and horror of Bosnian refugees fleeing Srebrenica the ensuing massacre of Bosnian men and. In a word Braco is breathtaking This book has already won the Fresh Fish Award for 2011 and is now nominated for the Margaret and John Savage first book award category at the Atlantic Book Awards it's easy to see why Lesleyanne Ryan has written a riveting account of the fall of Srebrenica in 1995 She's told it from six points of view and has maintained an almost journalistic style of writing Initially I feared that six POVs might be cumbersome but in fact it adds to her story It enables the reader to see the conflict from as many perspectives as possible thus reminding us that there are many versions of history and the truth is usually found somewhere in the middle I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'll simply say that the images and actions described in this novel are vivid heart wrenching and real Although this is a work of fiction it's based on actual events In the end this is an incredible story of the human will to survive You might want a tissue box nearby

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characters Braco author Lesleyanne Ryan 107 ↠ WINNER OF THE 2011 Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers Lesleyanne Ryan''s debut novel Braco takes place over the five days following the fall of Srebrenica in 1995 The narrative follows the perspectives of Bosnian civilians UN Peacekeepers Serbian and Bosnian soldiers as well as a Canadian photojourThe inability of the Dutch peacekeepers to protect them The award judges acclaimed the debut novel as a compelling captivating and fast paced novel from its vivid and intriguing prologue set in Srebrenica to an ending that fits if not satisfies. An extremely well written captivating and thought provoking book This gripping story is told from the perspectives of a mother two soldiers a photographic journalist a peacekeeper and a teenage boy A wonderful effort for a first time author This book is highly recommended