SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAVAGE FIRST BOOK AWARD. The year is 1995. The city of Srebrenica falls to Serbian forces. While women and children cling to uncertain security in the UN-protected area of Potocari, thousands of men escape into the woods. Within 48 hours, as many as 8,000 of these Bosnian men will be executed.
Braco—the Bosnian word for little brother—follows fourteen-year-old Bosnian refugee Atif Stavic’s agonizing five-day journey through the woods. His goal: the safe city of Tuzla. To get there, Atif must navigate fifty kilometres of minefields, artillery fire, and firing squads, then cross the heavily guarded road that stands between him and his dream of sanctuary in the safe zone.
In this ambitious and electrifying debut, former Canadian Forces peacekeeper Lesleyanne Ryan reveals Atif’s vividly realistic flight through a kaleidoscope of perspectives. A novel of searing detail and prismatic vision, Braco plunges full force into the traumatic events of the worst European conflict of our time and creates a testament to the power of human perseverance in the face of chaos and cruelty.
FINALIST FOR THE MARGARET AND JOHN SAVAGE FIRST BOOK AWARD 2013
Advance praise for Braco by Lesleyanne Ryan, in stores September 19, 2012:
“A bombshell of a book… harrowing and instructive and maddening.”
— Mark Anthony Jarman, author of My White Planet
“A gripping fictional account of one of the darkest moments of the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Lesleyanne Ryan writes with unswerving force, and Braco is direct and forceful; an impressive debut.”
– Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo