Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

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Like Brick Lane and The Kite Runner, Camilla Gibb’s widely praised new novel is a poignant and intensely atmospheric look beyond the stereotypes of Islam. After her hippie British parents are murdered, Lilly is raised at a Sufi shrine in Morocco. As a young woman she goes on pilgrimage to Harar, Ethiopia, where she teaches Qur’an to children and falls in love with an idealistic doctor. But even swathed in a traditional headscarf, Lilly can’t escape being marked as a foreigner. Forced to flee Ethiopia for England, she must once again confront the riddle of who she is and where she belongs.
 

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CAMILLA GIBB was born in London, England, and has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Oxford University. Sweetness in the Belly was an international bestseller that garnered critical acclaim around the world. Her novels, including Mouthing the Words and The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life, have been translated into fourteen languages. Camilla Gibb lives in Toronto.
 
Published March 27, 2007 by Penguin Books. 434 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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A white Muslim woman's affecting spiritual and emotional quests, as a misfit in two cultures.

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With sure-handed, urgent prose, Gibb (The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life ) chronicles the remarkable spiritual and geographical journey of a white British

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While Kate Reading has a beautiful narrator's voice, low and lilting, dramatic and enticing, her characterizations are problematic. She often uses an annoying little-girl voice for protagonist

May 01 2006 | Read Full Review of Sweetness in the Belly

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Alan Cheuse reviews Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb. It's about a British-born Muslim woman's life in both London, England, and Harar, Ethiopia.

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Eight-year-old Lilly is the child of self-confessed English hippy parents whose only desire is .

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