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Author: Ivana Bodrožic Narrator: Eileen Stevens Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2017 ISBN: 9781538514375
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When the Croatian War of Independence breaks out in her hometown of Vukovar in the summer of 1991, she is nine years old, nestled within the embrace of family with her father, mother, and older brother. She is sent on a seaside vacation to be far from the hostilities. Meanwhile, her father has disappeared while fighting with the Croatian forces. By the time she returns at summer’s end everything has changed.

Against the backdrop of genocide and the devastation of middle-class society within the Yugoslav Federation, our young narrator, now with her mother and brother as refugees amid a sea of refugees, spends the next six years experiencing her own self-discovery and transformation in unfamiliar surroundings as a displaced person. As she grows from a nine-year-old into a sparkling and wonderfully complicated fifteen-year-old, it is as a stranger in her own land.

Applauded as the finest work of fiction to appear about the Yugoslav Wars, Ivana Bodrožić’s The Hotel Tito is at its heart a story of a young girl’s coming of age, a reminder that even during times of war—especially during such times—the future rests with those who are the innocent victims and peaceful survivors.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A powerful tale of human resilience…Wonderful writing and personal insight make Hotel Tito a unique kind of masterpiece. A must-read testimony to the human spirit.”

    Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A captivating tale…Tragic history conveyed with honesty and candor.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Wonderful, touching, and terrifying writing.”

    Sebastian Barry, award-winning author of The Secret Scripture

  • “When a really great book is written, it is well worth pausing for a moment to celebrate it and contemplate the arrival of a magnificent new talent.”

    Miljenko Jergović, award-winning author of Sarajevo Marlboro

  • “This novel touched me to the core.”

    Janne Teller, award-winning author of Nothing

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About the Author

Ivana Bodrožic was born in Vukovar, Croatia, in 1982 where she lived until the Yugoslav wars started in 1991. That year her father disappeared while fighting for Croatian independence and she and the rest of her family moved to Kumrovec, where they stayed at a hotel for displaced persons. At first listed neither as dead nor injured nor missing, her father was eventually found to have been murdered along with at least three hundred others in what became known as the Vukovar Hospital Massacre. Bodrožic continued her education and eventually studied at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. In 2005 she published her first poetry collection, The First Step into Darkness. Her first novel The Hotel Tito was published in 2010, receiving high praise from both critics and audiences and becoming a Croatian bestseller. Bodrožic has since published her second poetry collection, A Crossing for Wild Animals and a short story collection 100% Cotton. Her most recent novel, The Pit, a political thriller, will be published in 2019.

About the Narrator

Eileen Stevens is a voice-over actress living and working in New York City whose voice can be heard on cartoons, promos, programs for English-language learners, and audiobooks. She has voiced Iris on Pokémon. An Earphones Award–winning narrator, she has also directed and produced audiobooks for over six years.