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Published: Penguin Books, 2/2014
I enjoyed the story of The Bosnia List, and even more, I loved the subtext. There was a young man of 12 who lived in his town in Bosnia where everyone knew everyone else. Then there was a war and people who he'd known turned against him and his family. He fled with his family, endured great hardships and came to the United States where his parents worked hard and sent him to college where he became a physical therapist, but at clubs, the ethnic feelings were strong. He went back.
When this young man turned adult returned, he realized that what he thought he saw and understood as a boy was not the reality. His karate coach wasn't really as brilliant as he'd thought. Teachers and friends who turned against him had not been the outstanding people that he'd known, and they never had been.
While I would never willingly subject myself or anyone to what Trebincevic faced as a child, a refugee, or as an American settling in to my country, I also know that he got better than what anyone left behind had for opportunities. Trebincevic has better than most Americans or Bosnians. Even better, in spite of all that happened to him, he is not hateful, but found forgiveness along his life journey.
I was engrossed while I read this book and it was an all-night read for me, then when I awoke the next day, I found myself going back to reread certain parts that I wanted to will to memory. I found it to be a great story and I wish more good things to Trebincevic.