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The Cat I Never Named

By: Amra Sabic-El-Rayess,Laura L. Sullivan
Narrated by: Leila Buck
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It is 1992, and Bihac, Amra's hometown, is a multicultural city with Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. But when tensions escalate, the Serbs turn on their Bosnian neighbors. The Serbs control the army, and now they have peaceful Bihac surrounded.

Soon Amra and her family are dealing with starvation and the threat of brutal violence; school, friendships, and the attentions from a new boy have to take a back seat to finding food and the tragic fallout from rising bigotry and ethnic hatred. Through it all, a stray cat, Maci, serves as a guardian spirit to the entire family.

©2020 Amra Sabic-El-Rayess and Laura L. Sullivan (P)2021 Recorded Books

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One of the best stories I’ve ever listened to. If I could give more than five stars, I would.

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Amazing true story!

A phenomenal book and a phenomenal story which is a must read!
Thanks Amra for sharing it. We must never forget about the cruelties and the war which reckoned so many lives.
Read to learn and to never forget.

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great book

loved how with book is written. Full of emotions and yet so sophisticated. Amra's story is so relatable and timeless. The narrator was greatly chosen, her voice is perfect for this type of story.

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Amazing!!

I will be recommending this book to all of my friends. It was beautifully written and told. The story was an engaging and painfully beautiful tale of the importance of family and perseverance. Everyone should read this!

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This should be required reading!

I sincerely hope that more people will take the time to stop and listen/read this book, especially if they personally know Bosnian people whom had their lives shaped by the Bosnian War. This book has really opened my eyes to how much that war was seemingly glossed over from my experience growing up in the USA both in media at the time as well as in school.

The painful "Othering" highlighted in this book is so relevant today. I have a dear friend whom lives in a Scandinavian country, he has lived there since he was a young child, learning the language, customs, and culture and trying to live a normal life. It seems so unreal when he tells me of the discrimination, harassment, and poor treatment his family has always received as far back as he can remember. This book has really shown me that ignorance, hatred, and fear of people different from ourselves is a global issue.

This is the type of book that should be required reading in school because it puts humanity on the center stage and demonstrates how similar all humans really are, once you go beneath the surface.

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this is a wonderful story

what a beautiful story this is - very kind and thoughtful people. Very nicely narrated as well.

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Amazing

I am stunned by the way you brought your story to life
I was almost 14 when the war in Bosnia started, your story brought some suppressed memories back to life.
Although I didn’t live there during the war my dad sent us to Croatia with the last train that left Bosanski Novi
Parts of you book made me laugh and some made me cry
I am so proud of you of all of us that survived to be able to tell our stories regardless how small or big they are
Thank you for putting this in the book and for the world to be able to get at least a glimpse of what happened during the war
Thank you

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Too political

This book is just too political to be sold it it’s category. It one sided and the story of the cat, who I believe is cute but how many times do you send a cat away, be very sorry about it and welcome it back time after time, before it gets just predictable.

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So many emotions!

Great read, but emotional. I am a cat lover and understand the heartache of loosing Matty