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Thirty-nine Arab writers under the age of 39. Akeela Gaibie-Dawood looks at the award and the women who were honored.

Carolyn Kelly in praise of Swedish author Åsa Larsson

SPECIAL FEATURE: More reviews! In keeping with our short fiction theme this month, we review anthologies.

Happy New Year, and welcome to Belletrista's exciting third issue!

In this issue we have chosen to emphasize short fiction. Author Tania Hershman has written a wonderful piece on the subject (click on "Stopping to Smell the Miniature Roses" below), and we have put together a special section of anthology reviews. We were very pleased to discover that The Guardian has recently published an article on women and short fiction, too (once again proving that great minds think alike)! Here's a link to their article; perhaps you will enjoy reading it as much as we have here at Belletrista.

We like to think we have something for every fiction reader in this issue, and we hope you will explore all the magazine has to offer—from our regular reviews and new & notable offerings, to our engaging feature pieces which explore the work of Åsa Larsson, Annie Ernaux, and the very welcome Beirut39 project.We hope you will enjoy Belletrista 3, and will be interested in reading some of the excellent books highlighted here. Please let us know what you think—your comments are always welcome!

Reviews
Below is a tantalizingly small selection of this month's reviews....
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EVERYTHING GOOD WILL COME
Sefi Atta

Sefi Atta's debut novel is a coming-of-age story set in 1970s Nigeria that tells the story of Enitan Taiwo, a middle-class girl with a father she adores and an extremely religious mother she hates.
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Reviewed by Charlotte Simpson
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MY DRIVER
Maggie Gee

A comedy set against the backdrop of war might not seem viable, but Maggie Gee makes it work.
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Reviewed by Amanda Meale
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THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY
Heidi W. Durrow

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, the haunting and beautifully written debut novel from Heidi W. Durrow, is much more than a simple coming of age story. It delves into a host of serious issues including race, class, love, loss and acceptance.
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Reviewed by Barbara Steeg
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AMERICAN SALVAGE: STORIES
Bonnie Jo Campbell

The stories of Bonnie Jo Campbell go deep into America, past the stereotypes the world is familiar with, past the romance of ideals we have with our own culture, to a place that is raw and rough, where hope is an impermanent thing and dreams require courage to have.
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Reviewed by Jana Herlander
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GOD'S MERCY
Kerstin Ekman
Translated from the Swedish by Linda Schneck

With make-believe snow swirling around my head and imaginary wolves howling in the distance, I am reminded of Russian novels.
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Reviewed by Kathleen Ambrogi


Stopping to Smell the Miniature Roses
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Author Tania Hershman on the wonders of short fiction.
TRIO:
Three Books by Annie Ernaux

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Darryl Morris introduces us to three novels by French author Annie Ernaux in Belletrista's first "TRIO" feature.
New and Notable Books
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And with the New Year comes more interesting books for the Belletrista reader!