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Braco WINNER OF THEFresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, Lesleyanne Ryan s debut novel, Braco, takes place over the five days following the fall of Srebrenica inThe narrative follows the perspectives of Bosnian civilians, UN Peacekeepers, Serbian 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 the 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 ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ Psiconutrición. Aprende a tener una relación saludable con la comida Autor Griselda Herrero Mart n – Lavons.co.uk Lesleyanne Ryan s debut novel [BOOKS] ✯ Moonsong (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters, ✹ L.J. Smith – Lavons.co.uk Braco ➶ La lanza rota (Leyendas de Kalomaar Free ➬ Author Alberto Rojas – Lavons.co.uk takes place over the five days following the fall of Srebrenica inThe narrative follows the perspectives of Bosnian civilians [Download] ✤ Im Trying to Love Math Author Bethany Barton – Lavons.co.uk UN Peacekeepers [KINDLE] ❆ For Every Cat an Angel By Christine Davis – Lavons.co.uk Serbian and Bosnian soldiers [BOOKS] ✬ Einstein By Gabriel Emanuel – Lavons.co.uk as well as a Canadian photojournalist A retired veteran and former Bosnian Peacekeeper [Download] ➹ Embryology Coloring Book Author George Matsumura – Lavons.co.uk Ryan vividly captures the visceral tension and horror of Bosnian refugees fleeing Srebrenica ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Embriologia By George Matsumura ✸ – Lavons.co.uk the ensuing massacre of Bosnian men ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☂ Existentialism and Romantic Love Author Skye Cleary – Lavons.co.uk and the inability of the Dutch peacekeepers to protect them The award judges acclaimed the debut novel as a compelling [PDF / Epub] ★ La tentación del fracaso By Julio Ramón Ribeyro – Lavons.co.uk captivating ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Nathalie: Confessions Of A Fashion Model: The Dark Side Of The Fashion Industry - Monarch Mind Control, Slavery And Sexual Abuse (English Edition) By Nathalie Augustina ⚣ – Lavons.co.uk and fast paced novel [Read] ➪ Baby reflux By Stephanie Lampe – Lavons.co.uk from its vivid and intriguing prologue set in Srebrenica to an ending that fits [Ebook] ➠ La araña enamorada By Blanca Álvarez – Lavons.co.uk if not satisfies 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 enable 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 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 1993 4.I m not surprised that Braco has been shortlisted for the 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 1993 4.I 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 journalist.I 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 8,000 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 70,000 people displaced in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.Lesleyanne Ryan must have had to wring her heart out to write this book As a reader, I can only be grateful that she succeeded What you see is not true and what is true is not seen Braco follows the journey of a young boy as he and his family flee Srebrenica to escape the approaching Serbian army Told from six points of view the boy, his mother, a Dutch peacekeeper, a Canadian journalist, a Serb soldier, and a Bosnian soldier Braco gives a broad spectrum of the war and its impact on those caught in its grip.I wasn t sure about the multiple points of view at first The story is primarily about the boy, Atif, and his What you see is not true and what is true is not seen Braco follows the journey of a young boy as he and his family flee Srebrenica to escape the approaching Serbian army Told from six points of view the boy, his mother, a Dutch peacekeeper, a Canadian journalist, a Serb soldier, and a Bosnian soldier Braco gives a broad spectrum of the war and its impact on those caught in its grip.I wasn t sure about the multiple points of view at first The story is primarily about the boy, Atif, and his desperate attempt to survive and so I worried the other POVs would jar and confuse me They didn t Not by a long shot What became apparent was that the author wanted the reader to see that the business of war is not black and white Many shades lie between and as the Dutch peacekeepers and Canadian journalists often question, Bad guys or Good guys Lines blur in the midst of chaos.Ryan s writing is clean and concise I love the almost journalistic style which allowed me to connect at my own pace The subject material in this novel is disturbing and I wasn t bombarded by the author preaching what I should feel I appreciated that Braco is an incredible novel telling an incredible story I look forward to manyfrom this author 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. This is remarkable storytelling from debut author, Lesleyanne Ryan, a retired Canadian peacekeeper who served in Bosnia in the 1990s Ryan s heartbreaking tale, shrouded in historical truth, intersects the lives of six very different characters during the fall of Srebrenicia over a five day period in July 1995 Ryan masterfully weaves six points of view through the factual what was and the fictional what might have been as she reveals the horrors of what happened while the world turned a blind e This is remarkable storytelling from debut author, Lesleyanne Ryan, a retired Canadian peacekeeper who served in Bosnia in the 1990s Ryan s heartbreaking tale, shrouded in historical truth, intersects the lives of six very different characters during the fall of Srebrenicia over a five day period in July 1995 Ryan masterfully weaves six points of view through the factual what was and the fictional what might have been as she reveals the horrors of what happened while the world turned a blind eye and peacekeepers were rendered helpless A heart wrenching and courageous story, Braco is by no means a light read You will frantically flip the pages as you race to find out what happens to young Atif, a character based on a real 14 year old boy, a point that just makes the story all thereal and your stomach churn at the stark reminder of the darkness of humanity Simple, straightforward writing about a tragic 5 days period about which the world seemed not to care Beautifully brutal Though Ryan tells us harsh truths about a devastating time in history, she uses only enough detail to get that job done She won t cram the grotesque down your throat just for the shock of it There are horrors, but they matter.If you like a simple, linear narrative in which good and evil are clean cut lines, this book is not for you Ryan s deft use of multiple perspectives is this work s greatest strength in my opinion, at least , and this feat is executed both grimly and Beautifully brutal Though Ryan tells us harsh truths about a devastating time in history, she uses only enough detail to get that job done She won t cram the grotesque down your throat just for the shock of it There are horrors, but they matter.If you like a simple, linear narrative in which good and evil are clean cut lines, this book is not for you Ryan s deft use of multiple perspectives is this work s greatest strength in my opinion, at least , and this feat is executed both grimly and well I ll admit it I didn t randomly pick up Braco and think Hmmm, here s a story I want to read I normally drift towards books that are clearly not real life I read it because it was recommended to me And I m so glad I did Not often do you read a book, let alone a first novel, that makes you feel sad for humanity and grateful for your own place in the world I think Braco is a book everyone should read, and I mean that sincerely What makes this book really stand out is how Leslieanne Ryan ta I ll admit it I didn t randomly pick up Braco and think Hmmm, here s a story I want to read I normally drift towards books that are clearly not real life I read it because it was recommended to me And I m so glad I did Not often do you read a book, let alone a first novel, that makes you feel sad for humanity and grateful for your own place in the world I think Braco is a book everyone should read, and I mean that sincerely What makes this book really stand out is how Leslieanne Ryan tackles such heavy material There s no preaching, no heavy handed moralizing, just a story told from the point of view of six very real characters It took me two nights to read this book, and each night once I put it down I snuggled my baby and prayed that he or I will never have to face the choices and circumstances of Atif and Marija I hope I spelled that right No one wants to read about the horrors of this world, but evenso, no one should have to bear witness to them The author took her real life experiences as a Canadian Forces Peacekeeper in Bosnia and found a way to bring the story to life in a beautifully written way that will stay with you long after you are finished


About the Author: Lesleyanne Ryan

Lesleyanne was born and raised in St John s, Newfoundland A retired veteran who served in Bosnia in 93 94, she graduated from Memorial University with a BA in English and Diploma in Creative Writing in 2008 Her short stories have won four times at the NL Arts and Letters Awards and three have been published Her first novel, Braco, won the 2011 Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers and was shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award in 2013 She lives near St John s with her two immortal cats.


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