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US author Sigrid Nunez discusses her new novel with Joyce Nickel

TRIO: Three remarkable works by Kamila Shamsie by
Caitlin Fehir

Belletrista turns one! A brief retrospective and a look ahead

With this issue, Belletrista completes its first year. We at Belletrista would like to thank those of you spread across this great blue planet who read our little 'zine and also use it as a resource for your personal reading, your bookclubs, or your classes. May we continue to endeavor to deserve your attention in the coming year! With this issue, we debut a new feature we are calling "Conversations" and also our Belletrista blog, "If Written by a Woman," an exciting venture we hope you will all be part of. There are more exciting things ahead!

Reviews
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SALVATION CITY
Sigrid Nunez

After a worldwide flu pandemic leaves him an orphan, young teen Cole Vining realizes that his life has taken him in an unexpected, and previously unimaginable, direction. In just a few months, he goes from living with urbanite parents to a new life with …
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Reviewed by Joyce Nickel
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THE REPORT
Jessica Francis Kane

On a cold March evening in 1943, a sad and shocking event occurred: 173 Londoners, many of them children, died in a crush of people trying to enter the Bethnal Green underground station shelter after air raid warnings had sounded … and to this day no one really knows how it happened.
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Reviewed by Maggie Oldendorf
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BAD PENNY BLUES
Cathi Unsworth

Unsworth builds her story around the Jack the Stripper murders of the mid-1960s. These crimes remain unsolved and occasioned the biggest manhunt ever done by the Greater London Metropolitan Police.
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Reviewed by Tad Deffler
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THE WIVES OF HENRY OADES
Johanna Moran

I am sure that for most of us, one beloved husband or wife is more than sufficient! In Part One of this novel, as Henry Oades sets sail halfway across the world to New Zealand in the 1890s with his young wife Margaret and their two children, one beloved wife is all he has ever wanted.
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Reviewed by Ceri Evans
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LITTLE PEUL
Mariama Barry
Translated from the French by Carrol F. Coates

The story begins in Senegal, as the young narrator is decorated with jewelry and fitted with a new dress by her mother, and then given a ritual bath. The girl has a premonition that …
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Reviewed by Darryl Morris


CONVERSATIONS:
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A discussion of Xinran's Sky Burial between three Belletrista readers.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
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If Written By a Woman
Visit our new Belletrista blog!
The Caine Prize for African Writing 2011 – shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Caine Prize has just been announced and three women are in the running for the prestigious award. This is always an exciting time of year – the Prize is a great way to discover short stories by excellent writers. Lucky for us, the Prize’s website links to a copy of …Read the Rest