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Black Butterflies

by Priscilla Morris - £9.99  Duckworth Books (2023)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780715654613 | ISBN 10: 0715654616

Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2023
 
β€˜A moving, compelling, deeply human novel about love, hope and resilience in a city under siege. Everyone should read it’ Emma Stonex, bestselling author of The Lamplighters
 
Sarajevo, spring 1992. Each night, nationalist gangs erect barricades, splitting the diverse city into ethnic enclaves; each morning, the residents – whether Muslim, Croat or Serb – push the makeshift barriers aside.
 
When violence finally spills over, Zora, an artist and teacher, sends her husband and elderly mother to safety with her daughter in England. Reluctant to believe that hostilities will last more than a handful of weeks, she stays behind while the city falls under siege. As the assault deepens and everything they love is laid to waste, black ashes floating over the rooftops, Zora and her friends are forced to rebuild themselves, over and over.
 
Theirs is a breathtaking story of disintegration, resilience and hope.

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