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Author: Sofija Stefanovic Narrator: Sofija Stefanovic Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781508254980
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In the tradition of Little Failure, a funny, dark, and tender coming-of-age memoir about life as a perpetual fish-out-of-water, from the Yugoslavian-born comedic storyteller, MothStorySLAM favorite, and host of the Women of Letters literary salon.

Sofija Stefanovic makes the first of many awkward entrances in 1982, born in Belgrade, socialist Yugoslavia. The circumstances of her birth—a blackout, gasoline shortages, bickering parents—don’t exactly get her off to a running start. While around her ethnic tensions are stoked by totalitarian leaders with violent agendas, Sofija’s early years are filled with rock music, inadvisable crushes, and rallies to protest the government.

As the political situation escalates, her family travels back and forth between faraway, peaceful Australia, a place where they can’t seem to fit in, and their turbulent home, which they can’t seem to shake. Meanwhile, Yugoslavia collapses into the bloodiest European conflict in recent history.

Featuring warlords, beauty queens, genital warts, and everything in between, Sofija’s memoir offers us a window inside a complicated culture that she both cherishes and resents, capturing the experience of not quite connecting with your old country and yet never quite being embraced by your new one. Refreshingly candid and wonderfully vulnerable, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia will stay with you for a long time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny and tragic and beautiful in all the right places. I loved it.”

    Jenny Lawson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This stand-out memoir chronicles Stefanovic’s life from her childhood to early twenties, coming back and forth between Yugoslavia and Australia during the Yugoslav wars…Stefanovic’s story is as unique and wacky as it is important.”

    Esquire

  • “A poignant, charming, and gorgeously written account of the complexities of navigating the immigrant experience and finding a home—especially when the place you used to call home no longer exists as it once did…Fresh, vibrant, and enlightening, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia is a stunning immigrant narrative that will tug at your heartstrings the whole way through.”

    Bustle

  • “Smart, spirited….Full of lively anecdotes. Stefanovic tells her story of immigration and displacement, childhood pleasures, and teenage angst.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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About the Author

Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller based in Manhattan. She hosts the bestselling literary salon Women of Letters New York, and This Alien Nation—a monthly celebration of immigration. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Guardian.com, Elle.com, and more.