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Carol Emshwiller's witty, endearing, and delightfully odd story, "Grandma"

"Red Blood on White Snow" an excerpt from Albanian author Ornela Vorpsi's The Country Where No One Ever Dies

Awards and Nominations: Great books for your "to be read" piles

Welcome to a new year of Belletrista! We have exciting plans for 2011, including two themed issues. In this issue we present all the things you've come to expect in an issue of Belletrista, but we are always trying to improve, and are consistently on the look-out for new ideas. In this issue we offer our readers two excerpts from new or forthcoming books as not only a way to sample what these books have to offer, but also as a means of introducing talented writers. In our New & Notable section, we have given Canadian books its own section, bringing it out from underneath the shadow of its literarily larger neighbor, the United States, to make it easier for you, our readers, to explore this country's literature. If you have something to say about any of the books or authors we feature, we invite you to visit our blog, "If Written by a Woman", and share them. Happy Reading!

Reviews
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BEEN HERE A THOUSAND YEARS
Mariolina Venezia
Translated from the Italian by Marina Harss

One of the things I look for in a novel is a sense of place, the ability of an author to transport me across the world and set me down in a setting very different from my own. I do not just want descriptions of what a town or city looks like; I want to understand the place—its customs, its people, its smells and tastes. Reading should be a form of travel …
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Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir
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WE ARE A MUSLIM, PLEASE
Zaiba Malik

This captivating and enlightening memoir of a Muslim girl growing up in 1970s and 1980s Britain begins in the future, as the author has been captured and taken to the Torture Room of the police headquarters in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. Malik was employed by Channel 4 in Britain, and visited Bangladesh to film a story about …
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Reviewed by Darryl Morris
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PICTURES OF YOU
Caroline Leavitt

Two unconnected women, April and Isabelle, pack up and leave their husbands one misty day, but tragedy strikes. Isabelle does not see April's car in the deep fog until it is too late. Their cars collide and …
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Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie-Dawood
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BUTTERFLY
Sonja Hartnett

Plum is an ordinary Australian girl who is approaching her fourteenth birthday. Physically, academically and socially Plum is entirely unexceptional. Like many teenagers she finds her parents (and their antique-collecting) embarrassing.
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Reviewed by Amanda Meale
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THE SECRET LIVES OF BABA SEGI'S WIVES
Lola Shoneyin

Baba Segi is a very lucky man. He has three wives and seven children. His family validate his need to show off his prosperity, his success and his virility. He is middle aged, plump and prosperous, with quite a high opinion of himself and his success as the family patriarch. But when he brings home a fourth wife, it seems his luck might not hold out.
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Reviewed by Judy Lim


CONVERSATIONS:
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Three readers discuss Laila Lalami's novella, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
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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