by Sofija Stefanovic

“Sofija Stefanovic’s beautiful memoir Miss Ex-Yugoslavia depicts the elegant transit of a girl becoming an artist. This is a story we yearn to know: How does a girl lose her childhood, family, and nation, yet nurture her memories, dreams, and art? Stefanovic hits all her marks, and she keeps us in her thrall.” —Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist

Why we chose this book: Last month we took on some heavy topics so this month it is time to inject some comedy into our selections. Miss Ex-Yugoslavia also looks at themes of home and movement during a time of crisis. Given the current pandemic many families have had to discuss what places they call home and feel are safe for their loved ones. There are themes like freedom of movement and identity that also accompany times of crisis. 

Food for Thought:

1. How does movement on a global scale impact local communities?

2. What elements of a specific place contribute to our identities?

3. How do experiences in global travel change our impressions of home?

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