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April 19th, 2014
thesmithian

…virtue and innocence were only a veil that needed to fall away so the girls might see themselves, and their chosen course, more clearly.

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…virtue and innocence were only a veil that needed to fall away so the girls might see themselves, and their chosen course, more clearly.

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March 23rd, 2014
thesmithian

…takes not one but three women who are alone and places them at the heart of the Somali civil conflict—in other words, in the very eye of the sun.

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

Random House is to publish “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a shorter work of fiction that Teju Cole wrote before “Open City,” but previously available only in Nigeria, where it was published in 2007.

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Random House is to publish “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a shorter work of fiction that Teju Cole wrote before “Open City,” but previously available only in Nigeria, where it was published in 2007.

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March 17th, 2014
thesmithian

NoViolet Bulawayo has won the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for “We Need New Names,” her novel about a 10-year-old Zimbabwean girl who travels to the United States in search of a fresh start.

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NoViolet Bulawayo has won the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for “We Need New Names,” her novel about a 10-year-old Zimbabwean girl who travels to the United States in search of a fresh start.

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March 9th, 2014
thesmithian

…Jonestown’s children have become but a blip. In “Children of Paradise,” Fred D’Aguiar seeks to reanimate them, fleshing out a group of imagined Jonestown children in a way only fiction can.

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…Jonestown’s children have become but a blip. In “Children of Paradise,” Fred D’Aguiar seeks to reanimate them, fleshing out a group of imagined Jonestown children in a way only fiction can.

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March 9th, 2014
thesmithian

…the lost interlude of African hope that flourished between the end of colonialism and the rise of authoritarianism in many countries…

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February 28th, 2014
thesmithian

All of her work has been preoccupied with classical and contemporary parable mashed up with her own exquisitely tailored phantasmagoria, evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel García Márquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson. Many of those writers investigate culture and ethnicity, but Oyeyemi’s concentration comes from an even deeper remove — the fringes of the fringe, the others among the Other, the Multicultural Uncanny frontier.

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February 28th, 2014
thesmithian

There are no conquering heroes in “Dust,” but there are unconquerable dreamers, Ken­yans who share the author’s own hurt-­hardened brand of hope.

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February 26th, 2014
thesmithian

…not something you’d want to give to the newly engaged—unless your intent is subversive and your humor…is mordant.

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February 18th, 2014
thesmithian

“No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for the way that simple joy could shake you.” Toni Morrison, Beloved.

Morrison was born (in Lorain, Ohio) Chloe Anthony Wofford on this day in 1931.

February 16th, 2014
thesmithian

…the…combination of detective story and romantic saga is likely to intrigue Isabel Allende fans.

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January 4th, 2014
thesmithian

…set in the remote hamlet of Pata de Puerco—Pig’s Foot—in the deep south of Cuba, where the ancestors of his narrator…once lived lives of violence, squalor and high passion.

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December 30th, 2013
thesmithian

…about the high stakes of staying, to face challenges and deconstruct some of those American ideals of success, failure and nuclear family. Selasi (Nigerian-Ghanaian, born in London, grew up in Boston, lives in Rome) renders the journey with love and a true understanding of immigration, and makes it resonant whether the country is from Nigeria to Massachusetts, rich to poor, shame to pride or hate to love.

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