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Miss Ex-Yugoslavia

Narrated by: Sofija Stefanovic
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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A funny, dark, and tender memoir about the immigrant experience and life as a perpetual fish out of water, from the acclaimed Serbian-Australian storyteller.

Sofija Stefanovic makes the first of many awkward entrances in 1982, when she is born in Belgrade, the capital of 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, Stefanovic's early life is filled with Yugo rock, inadvisable crushes, and the quirky ups and downs of life in a socialist state.

As the political situation grows more dire, the Stefanovics travel back and forth between faraway, peaceful Australia, where they can't seem to fit in, and their turbulent homeland, which they can't seem to shake. Meanwhile, Yugoslavia collapses into the bloodiest European conflict in recent history.

Featuring warlords and beauty queens, tiger cubs and Baby-Sitters Clubs, Sofija Stefanovic's memoir is a window to a complicated culture that she both cherishes and resents. Revealing war and immigration from the crucial viewpoint of women and children, Stefanovic chronicles her own coming of age, both as a woman and as an artist who yearns to take control of her own story. Refreshingly candid, poignant, and illuminating, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia introduces a vital new voice to the immigrant narrative.

©2018 Sofija Stefanovic (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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loved her raw honest account of her life

My father is Serbian, and I married a Serbian man. My heart has always wanted to know more. Yes, my two manly Serbs can tell me their male perspectives, but Sofija's was the accounting that filled my searching heart up. Her memoir made me laugh and cry.

Her stories were the ones my heart was search for. And I want more! We need more female voices from the Balkans, tellings that are raw and honest, and introspective. Bravo!

will definitely be watching for anything this author puts out.

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wonderful glimpse into a unique experience

I loved the narrator/author's voice. It was a pleasure hearing her story as I was driving. Her perspective was both unique and informative to me. At the end, I felt like I went on a journey with her and I was better for the experience.