translated from Croatian by Will Firth
In the early 1990s, as Yugoslavia begins to crumble, so too does a woman, known only as Mother. Ostracized by her Croatian neighbors because of her Serbian background, the bright cheer Mother brought to her role as a wife and mother is darkened by the onset of mental illness that devours an entire family. Seen through the acerbic and wry perspective of Mother’s eldest daughter, Divine Child paints a picture of the forces that batter an individual into shape in a time of economic crisis and rabid nationalism. This unforgettable survival narrative won the 2013 Jutarnji list Award for Novel of the Year in Croatia.