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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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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.

Reviewed by Kathleen Ambrogi
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Ch'oe Yun
Translated from the Korean by Bruce Fulton and Ju‒Chan

This collection of short works carries a title that is gentle and lyrical. Petals are delicate and beautiful and soft to the touch. They are silent when they fall.

Reviewed by Carolyn Kelly
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Dubravka Ugrešić
Translated from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac

Ugrešić's take on the Slavic Baba Yaga story is part of the Canongate "The Myths" series, for which an outstanding collection of writers have each produced a contemporary retelling of a myth. The prospect of a retelling of Baba Yaga by a writer I admire greatly was too much to resist....

Reviewed by Rachel Hayes
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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.

Reviewed by Jana Herlander
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Kim Echlin

The Disappeared, one of the five books shortlisted for the 2009 Giller Prize, is a novel about inexplicable loss and obsessive love. In this novel Anne Greves reflects on her lifelong love for Serey, a love that takes her from her sheltered life in Montreal to war-ravaged Cambodia.

Reviewed by Joyce Nickel

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!