Monday, January 16, 2012

A Prose Review --- The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories

The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories
Susi Wyss
Henry Holt $15
228 pages

What a pleasure to read of strong, smart, and sensitive African women.  This work of fiction is no fiction at all in the sense that these characters reflect the women I met and in some cases, became friends with during my four years in Africa. Wyss draws us into these characters with artful simplicity. How could she have passed these salon mirrors so many times a day without looking, without really seeing herself, the protagonist wonders. How can we as lovers of literature, know so little of contemporary African life?

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