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Miss Ex-Yugoslavia: A Memoir


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Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller based in Manhattan. She hosts the popular literary salon, Women of Letters New York, and This Alien Nation--a monthly celebration of immigration. She's a regular storyteller with The Moth. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times,, and, among others. Learn more at


"This stand-out memoir chronicles Stefanovic's life from her childhood to early twenties, coming back and forth between Yugoslavia and Australia during the Yugoslav wars...Stefanovic's story is as unique and wacky as it is important." --Esquire

"A poignant, charming, and gorgeously written account of the complexities of navigating the immigrant experience and finding a home -- especially when the place you used to call home no longer exists as it once did... Fresh, vibrant, and enlightening, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia is a stunning immigrant narrative that will tug at your heartstrings the whole way through." --Bustle "Smart, spirited....Full of lively anecdotes. Stefanovic tells her story of immigration and displacement, childhood pleasures and teenage angst." --Booklist (starred review) "Sofija Stefanovic's beautiful memoir Miss Ex-Yugoslavia depicts the elegant transit of a girl becoming an artist. This is a story we yearn to know: How does a girl lose her childhood, family, and nation, yet nurture her memories, dreams, and art? Stefanovic hits all her marks, and she keeps us in her thrall." --Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, a New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Finalist "Funny and tragic and beautiful in all the right places. I loved it." --Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Let's Pretend this Never Happened and Furiously Happy "[A] brilliant debut memoir... Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Stefanovic's memoir is equal parts raucous coming-of-age story, heartbreaking family drama, and quest for identity -- topped with generous handfuls of political and historical introspection...Stefanovic is such a gifted, natural storyteller that all these elements blend together seamlessly, sometimes in the same paragraph, resulting in an authentic glimpse into a life filled with love and fear; hope and despair. It's a marvel... Filled with Yugo-rock and news reports, Baby Sitters Club books and revolution, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia is a remarkable work from an exceptional storyteller." --The Cedar Rapids Gazette

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