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New & Notable
In these exciting pages we reveal a sample of New and Notable publications by women that have been carefully selected after we have pored over hundreds of entries in publishers catalogs from all over the world. Our aim is to bring you the most alluring reads from around the globe, so that you may further enjoy your armchair travels from the comfort of your home. This time, we've added significantly more covers and we've increased the length of the synopses given. All of us at Belletrista take pleasure in presenting these books to you in the hope that you will enjoy browsing through them as much as we have enjoyed selecting them. Go ahead; embark on an exhilarating reading voyage!


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Eva Hornung

Moscow: present day. A four-year-old boy stands shivering on the pavement outside his deserted apartment block. His mother has been missing for three days. Driven by hunger and loneliness, overlooked by passers-by, he follows a large, yellow dog to her lair under a derelict church on the outskirts of the city, and crosses an invisible threshold into another life.

Eva Hornung’s extraordinary tale of a latter-day Romulus in post-perestroika Russia is a devastating story of childhood and survival on the harsh edges of society, and an unsettling exploration of what it means to be human.

Bloomsbury, hardback, 9780747599050

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Karin Alvtegen
Translated from the Swedish by McKinley Burnett

Gerda Persson has lain dead for three days. Her life seems to have been quite ordinary. Until the freezer in her home is opened: it is full of books, neatly stacked and wrapped in clingfilm, a thick layer of ice covering them - all by the same prize-winning author, all with handwritten dedications to Gerda. Shadow is a compelling novel of dark family secrets, murder and betrayal, from an award-winning novelist.

Canongate, paperback, 9781847671714 (February)

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Veronique Olmi
Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter

The French literary bestseller, first published in 2001, has been translated into all major European languages and is now for the first time available in English. A single mother takes her two sons on a trip to the seaside. They stay in a hotel, drink hot chocolate and go to the funfair. She wants to protect them from a cold and uncomprehending world. She knows that it will be the last trip for her boys. This is a haunting and thought-provoking story about how a mother's love for her children can be more dangerous than the dark world she is seeking to keep at bay. Veronique Olmi handles an aspect of motherhood we all too often deny. She depicts a woman's fear of releasing her children into the world. The simple first person narrative achieves an extraordinry level of poetry and inner truth.

Peirene Press, paperback, 9780956284020

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Véronique Tadjo

The narrative of this wonderful gem of a novel weaves together a rich tapestry of characters who are both nameless and faceless, representing Everyman and Everywoman, to tell stories of parting and return, suffering, healing and desire in a lyrical and moving exploration of the human heart. Like a bird in flight, the reader travels across a borderless landscape composed of tales of daily existence, news reports, allegories and ancestral myths, becoming aware in the course of the journey of the interconnection of individual lives. Véronique Tadjo is the Head of French at the School of Literature and Language Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She was born in Paris, educated in Côte d’Ivoire, and is an artist and award-winning author of several novels and children’s books, as well as two volumes of poetry.

Penguin Classics, paperback, 9780143026228

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Anna Gavalda
Translated from the French by Alison Anderson

Consolation (La Consolante —this French title is what players of boules call the consolation play-off match between the losers) was the bestselling French novel in 2008. Darker and more complex than Hunting and Gathering (Ensemble, c'est tout), but just as dazzling, the second novel by the enchantress Anna Gavalda tells a heartbreaking, unusual story about one man, two remarkable women and an unforgettable transvestite.... This is a triumphant, spellbinding, finally consoling novel about life, love and second chances.

Chatto & Windus, paperback, 9780701183523

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Radka Denemarková
Translated from the Czech by Andrew Oakland

In sparkling, imaginative prose, celebrated Czech writer Radka Denemarková depicts a world of absurdity and darkness. Money From Hitler tells the story of Gita Lauschmanová, who as a young girl in 1945 leaves a concentration camp as an orphan to face the stunning realization that there is in fact nowhere to return, and that the oppression and savagery of the holocaust are far from over. For Gita, living is no longer a question of right or wrong. It is purely a question of survival. Money from Hitler received the Czech Republic’s prestigious Magnesia Litera award for Czech Literature in the prose category for 2007. It is now being made into a feature film.

Women's Press (CAN), paperback, 9780889614772

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Monika Fagerholm
Translated from the Swedish by Katarina E. Tucker

In 1969, a young girl makes a trip from Coney Island to the swampy coastland on the rural outskirts of Helsinki, Finland. There, her death will immediately become part of local mythology, furnishing boys and girls with fodder for endless romantic imaginings. Everyone who lives near the swamp dreams about Eddie de Wire, the lost American girl. . . . For both Sandra and Doris, two lonely, dreaming girls abandoned in different ways by their parents, this myth will propel them into their coming-of-age through mischievous role-playing games of love and death, in search of hidden secrets, the mysteries of the swamp, and the truth behind Eddie’s death. The girls construct their own world, their own language, and their own rules. But playing adult games has adult consequences, and what begins as two girls just striking matches leads to an inferno that threatens to consume them and tear their friendship apart.

Other Press, paperback, 9781590513940 (February)