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TRIO! Ceri Evans discusses three books by Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif.

"Seven Little Rooms" - original fiction by notable Hindi author Mridula Garg.

Who Has the Power? Reading Arab Women in English
by M. Lynx Qualey

Welcome, readers, to our sixth issue! Besides our regular review section featuring an array of intriguing books, and the tantalizing previews of new books in our New & Notable section, we have provided you with a compelling mix of fascinating articles this issue. There is a thought-provoking piece on reading the work of Arab Women in translation, one of our "Trios" explores three books by Ahdaf Soueif, and we report back from the splashy Book Expo America. In this issue we are honored to introduce to our readers the eminent Indian author Mridula Garg with two pieces: the first is an original short story translated from the Hindi by the author herself, and a second piece by Sunita Jain on Ms. Garg's place in literature.

We hope you enjoy this wonderful issue and with it we complete our first year of celebrating literature written by women all over the world! Thank you for being a part of our reading community.

Click on 'Reviews' to see the full list of this issue's reviews...
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Mitsuyo Kakuta
Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani

On February 3, 1985, Kiwako makes her way into the home of her married ex-lover, and leaves with his newborn child tucked underneath her coat. With Kaoru in her arms, she flees Tokyo to start a journey with the child she should have had, had she not been persuaded …

Reviewed by C. Lariviere
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C. E. Morgan

This debut novel introduces a young author with an extraordinary command of the pen. C. E. Morgan's finely crafted prose draws one into present-day Kentucky with its sweltering, breezeless days, where twenty-year-old Aloma has come to live with her lover, Orren.

Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie-Dawood
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Ersi Sotiropoulos
Translated from the Greek by Peter Green

To pick up Zigzag is to be plunged into an initially unsettling world of changing narrators and fragmented narrative—yet I immediately wanted to know more about this world and its characters. Greek literature it may be, but this is post-modern Greek literature; no heroes here. . .

Reviewed by Rachel Hayes
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Catherynne M. Valente

Think of a novel as an amalgam of its story, its ideas, its people, and its language. Does a particular story demand a particular sort of language? Palimpsest is a fantastical city, sprawling over a vast territory, functioning on magic, eclectic in architecture, infested with clockwork insects, populated by …

Reviewed by Michael Matthew

Mridula Garg
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Sunita Jain on Mridula Garg's place in literature.
Book Expo America: Sore Feet and Literary Treasure
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Beyond the glitz and glitter, we discover some real treasures.