Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812972412, 193pp.
Publication Date: March 8, 2005
Halid, a young Muslim “war hero,” returns home from the Bosnian War. Although his village was spared heavy combat, it has been ravaged by years of privation and heartbreak, and by the blood politics that continue to boil.
The community is tight-knit and lively, as it has been for hundreds of years, yet alliances between friends and neighbors, among Muslims, Christians, and Gypsies, shift and twitch and explode from strain. Halid the soldier has faced his fear of enemy fire; Halid the son is afraid of the arms of his waiting mother. He is weary and alone, but home is the last place he wants to be.
In this new classic of war and loss, Natasha Radojcic’s earthy prose and stirring compassion bring her characters to life to deliver the truth about war’s crushing effects on the human spirit. Her love for humanity and for language makes the joy of reading Homecoming equal to the pain of the truth it reveals.
“Natasha Radojcic has pulled off something rarely seen in contemporary fiction: a tragedy. Homecoming is a disturbing, deeply persuasive work, rife with fascinating detail.”
–JENNIFER EGAN, author of The Invisible Circus
“[A] stunning debut . . . The novel’s rare, unvarnished portrait of village life [is] worthy of comparison to Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold.”
“A tale of loss–lost lives, lost dreams, lost hope–Homecoming will break your heart, but you’ll be thankful for the experience.”
–MARCIA GILLESPIE, Ms.
“Succeeds in encompassing a totality of humanity . . . expertly and effortlessly rendered.”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer