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"Canis Lupus Familiaris" a wry short story by Ukrainian author Tanya Malyarchuk.

"A Conspicuous Blossoming:" The Emergence of Prose Writing by Ukrainian Women.

Canadian Jenn Farrell's brazen collection The Devil You Know is closely examined by
Joyce Nickel.

Welcome, Belletrista readers, to another issue celebrating literature written by or about women writers from across the globe! This issue is filled to overflowing with new books, great reviews, interviews, fiction and other intriguing features. There is much to explore and enjoy here: we hope you will agree!

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Reviews
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AMERICA PACIFICA
Anna North

Anna North's young adult novel, America Pacifica, is a grungy, thrill-a-minute frappe of familiar dystopian elements—scuzzy landscape, crazy tyrants, social and environmental exploitation—garnished with …
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Reviewed by Jean Raber
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WITNESS THE NIGHT
Kishwar Desai

It is September 2007, and police in the Punjab region of India ask social worker Simran Singh for her help in talking to an uncommunicative fourteen-year-old girl. The girl, Durga, was found loosely tied up and…
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Reviewed by Joyce Nickel
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THE FOLDED EARTH
Anuradha Roy

This rich evocative novel takes you into the tranquil hills of Ranikhet, a little town set deep in the Himalayan Mountains, with Maya and a host of colorful hill people who become her family when she seeks refuge there in an attempt to get over the loss of her husband.
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Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie-Dawood
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DOC: A NOVEL
Mary Doria Russell

Doc Holliday is known primarily as Hollywood and dime store novels have portrayed him: as a cold-blooded gunslinger, calculating at cards, and most often with a whiskey in one hand and a revolver in the other.
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Reviewed by Lisa Sanders
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THE TOPLESS TOWER
Silvina Ocampo
Translated from the Spanish by James Womack

Little Leandro, nine, having displeased a gentleman visitor who may be the Devil, finds himself a prisoner in the tower which gives this story its title. He discovers a room set up with all the requisites a painter could need. He begins to paint.
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Reviewed by Tim Jones
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THE BOOK OF HAPPENSTANCE
Ingrid Winterbach
Translated from the Afrikaans by Dirk and Ingrid Winterbach

When reading this novel, the words meditate, ruminate, and reflect all come to mind—a contemplation of the meaning of our lives, on loss and how we can deal with it in an increasingly secularized and fragmented world where the traditional comforts of family, religion and the "old ways" are disappearing.
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Reviewed by Tad Deffler
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LIKE BEES TO HONEY
Caroline Smailes

In her latest novel Like Bees to Honey Smailes weaves a beautiful story of redemption and renews our way of seeing the world as she does so. The storyline follows Nina, a burdened and troubled woman, as she travels from her adopted home in Liverpool to her native hometown in Malta.
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Reviewed by Flavia Baralle
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THE HOTTEST DISHES OF THE TARTAR CUISINE
Alina Bronsky
Translated from the German by Tim Mohr

Rosalinda Achmetowna is a woman who delights you on the written page but would horrify you should she appear on your doorstep, suitcase in hand. She rules her home and acquaintances with an iron hand, positive of both the fact that they are utterly useless and the corollary that she knows exactly what is needed to whip everyone into shape.
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Reviewed by Tad Deffler


Jacqueline Bishop
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Arlene McKanic interviews the Caribbean author, editor and poet
Anna Gavalda
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Read Chapter One of Anna Gavalda's recently translated novel, French Leave, a charming story of escaping to the past to find the future.
PEN Free the Word! festival in London
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Charlotte Simpson reports on this exciting literary event.
CONVERSATIONS:
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Three readers discuss Kathleen Winter's Award-Winning novel, Annabel
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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