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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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LIMESTONE
Fiona Farrell

Although the latest novel by award winning New Zealand writer Fiona Farrell seems slight and fairly unassuming in appearance, within its pages Farrell dwells on the "big" issues—why are we here, who made us, what are we and where are we going.
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Reviewed by Dorothy Vinicombe
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SONG OVER QUIET LAKE
Sarah Felix Burns

Sylvia is a troubled twenty-something student, and Lydie is an eighty-two year old Tlingit woman from the Yukon who knows exactly where she stands in her life. When the two women meet …
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Reviewed by Joyce Nickel
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SHADOW
Karin Alvtegen
Translated from the Swedish by McKinley Burnett

A child of four is found abandoned in an amusement park with little more than some crumbs, an empty juice bottle, a tape recorder, and a Bambi book by his side. There's also a note …
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Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie-Dawood
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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
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THE BLINDNESS OF THE HEART
Julia Franck
Translated from the German by Anthea Bell

A prologue opens the novel. It is some time during World War II and a woman, Alice, abandons her seven-year old son at a railway station. The story proper begins many years earlier in the town of Bautzen … where
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Reviewed by Amanda Meale


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