Black Cat, New York, 2011
From my library hold list.
A young Bosnian, Ismet Prcic, has left his home, his family and his war-torn country to make a new life in Southern California. But it is not what he expects. When he hears a car backfire he dives for cover. He has flashbacks at the strangest times. He falls in love and misses his mother. He remembers the war.
Advised to write “everything” he builds a great pile of pieces, descriptions of his life, letters to his mother, memories of home, bits of the past and the present. And then Mustafa appears. Is he a construct, someone Ismet has created to distance himself from the war? Or is he real?
These are the shards that make up this unusual and disturbing novel. At time a difficult read because of the many bits and pieces, Shards is almost blinding, reflecting life in a war zone, life as an immigrant, and the sometimes mind-bending qualities of memory.