Girl at War author Sara Nović Opening Fall Season at The Anne Frank Center USA

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Acclaimed author Sara Nović will give a free reading at The Anne Frank Center USA on Thursday, September 10th from 6:30-8:00pm, kicking off a season of events in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

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The Anne Frank Center USA is proud to announce that Sara Nović will open its fall season with a free reading from her debut novel "Girl at War" on Thursday, September 10th from 6:30-8:00pm. The event will be held at 44 Park Place in Manhattan and will be followed by a book signing. It is free and open to the public.

"Girl at War" tells the story of Ana Jurić, a carefree ten-year-old, living with her family in a small apartment in Croatia’s capital in 1991. But that year, civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, splintering Ana’s idyllic childhood. Daily life is altered by food rations and air raid drills, and soccer matches are replaced by sniper fire. Neighbors grow suspicious of one another, and Ana’s sense of safety starts to fray. When the war arrives at her doorstep, Ana must find her way in a dangerous world.

New York, 2001. Ana is now a college student in Manhattan. Though she’s tried to move on from her past, she can’t escape her memories of war—secrets she keeps even from those closest to her. Haunted by the events that forever changed her family, Ana returns to Croatia after a decade away, hoping to make peace with the place she once called home. As she faces her ghosts, she must come to terms with her country’s difficult history and the events that interrupted her childhood years before.

Moving back and forth through time, "Girl at War" is an honest, generous, brilliantly written novel that illuminates how history shapes the individual. Sara Nović fearlessly shows the impact of war on one young girl—and its legacy on all of us. For more information, visit

The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank House, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities in North America about the dangers of intolerance, antisemitism, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on equal rights and mutual respect.

The event opens a fall season full of lectures, readings, screenings, and performances in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Highlights include readings by Jim Shepard, Kermit Roosevelt III, and National Jewish Book Award winner James A. Grymes. For a full list of events, please visit:

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