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Plum Brandy: Croation Journeys

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Immigrant writer Novakovich records his journeys to find his roots, some to his native Croatia, some no farther than Cleveland, where he searches for the grave of his grandmother, who refused to return to Croatia with the rest of her family. This moving collection reflects the joys and the difficulties in returning to a homeland left behind.

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Paperback, 181 pages
Published 2003 by White Pine Press (first published November 1st 2002)
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Jun 01, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
I finished this book in the airport, on my way to Croatia, to meet up with my cousins who were already in our "rodna gruda" (birth bosom; native place). I enjoyed this book, probably more than the other Novakovich books that I have read. This is a book of first-person essays/articles, some relating to time in Croatia, others to time in the United States.

"The city [Zagreb] had an incredible inferiority complex historically because it had been the provincial capital of a subordinate part of Austri
Jul 08, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
I picked up a few books before heading to Croatia. One was a very dry history book for tourists. The other was April Fool's Day, a novel also by Novakovich. But Plum Brandy, by far, shed the most light on the people and the history of Croatia. Novakovich is an incredibly honest writer. He doesn't stretch for the perfect narrative. Instead, he captures the voices of people around him -- from his childhood, from the US, and from Croatia in the midst of war.
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Josip Novakovich (Croatian: Novaković) is a Croatian-American writer. His grandparents had immigrated from the Croatia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Cleveland, Ohio, and, after the First World War, his grandfather returned to what had become Yugoslavia. Josip Novakovich was born (in 1956) and grew up in the Central Croatian town of Daruvar, studied medicine in the northern Serbian ...more
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