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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.

Reviews
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NO PLACE FOR HEROES
/ DEMASIADOES HÉROES
Laura Restrepo

Mateo Iribarren addresses his mother, Lorenza, about what happened during the dark period; the period when his father kidnapped him, leaving his mother behind. And thus she begins:You were two and a half years old. It was a Thursday afternoon, and you, your Father and I, were in Independence Park in Bogotá.
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Reviewed by C. Lariviere
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ZIG ZAG THROUGH THE BITTER ORANGE TREES
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. . .
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Reviewed by Rachel Hayes
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THE CONFESSIONS OF NOA WEBER
Gail Hareven
Translated from the Hebrew by Dalya Bilu

If you expect fiction to have plot, then this award-winning novel by Israeli author Gail Hareven is probably not the book for you! However, if you wish to experience living in someone else's head, reading The Confessions of Noa Weber will offer you very rare insights into …
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Reviewed by Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe
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DON'T CRY
Mary Gaitskill

A recurrent comment about Mary Gaitskill's work is that she writes like a man. Powerful, relentless, and at times brutal, her stories take readers to an edge over which female writers apparently are not supposed to step.
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Reviewed by Deborah Montuori


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.