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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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FIVE BELLS
Gail Jones

Circular Quay is the bus and train terminus for Sydney Harbour. The Quay is also where the ferries dock and is a busy place with its people, shops and buskers. From the Quay one can walk the concourse…
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Reviewed by Amanda Meale
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DILEMMAS OF DEOKIE
Carol Sammy

Deokie Ramoutar is different from the other girls in her Trinidadian village. Nineteen years old, she is more sober and thoughtful than her giddy, frivolous friends and not really interested in boys. Instead, Deokie …
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Reviewed by Charlotte Simpson
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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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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 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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THE SELECTED STORIES OF MERCÈ RODOREDA
Mercè Rodoreda
Translated from the Catalan by Martha Tennent

When General Franco took power in Spain, he repressed all regional languages including Catalan, prompting the twenty-six year old Merce Rodoreda to go into exile, where she did not write for twenty years. Now a legendary Catalan writer…
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Reviewed by Andrew Stancek
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DARK DESIRES AND THE OTHERS
Luisa Valenzuela
Translated by Susan E. Clark

Dark Desires and the Others is both an erotic memoir and a meditation on writing. Taken from Valenzuela's diaries written in New York between 1979 and 1982, it is a series of essays …
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Reviewed by Andy Barnes
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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


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