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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!

Below is a tantalizingly small selection of this month's reviews....
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Frances de Ponte Peebles

A tale of two sisters, The Seamstress may not be the 'perfect' debut novel but it certainly heralds an exciting new voice from South America. Set in Brazil in the period 1928 to 1935, this novel follows the lives of orphaned sisters....

Reviewed by Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe
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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.

Reviewed by Charlotte Simpson
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A. L. Kennedy

There are a few book titles out there that may suggest a line of a song, floating like a feather into my head, or even get me singing a few bars, but never has an earworm so utterly entered my brain as diligently as this one, as I found myself asking myself, in increasingly mournful and tuneless tones: What does, indeed, become of the broken-hearted?

Reviewed by Carolyn Kelly
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Maggie Gee

A comedy set against the backdrop of war might not seem viable, but Maggie Gee makes it work.

Reviewed by Amanda Meale
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L.M. Montgomery

Every lifelong reader has at least one treasured childhood book. Mine is Anne of Green Gables, the quintessential novel by one of Canada's most beloved authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Though I am no longer part of Montgomery's target audience, I still treat myself to an annual read of her "Anne" series....

Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir

Stopping to Smell the Miniature Roses
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Author Tania Hershman on the wonders of short fiction.
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!