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Description - Sweetness In The Belly by Camilla Gibb

In Thatcher's London, Lilly, a white Muslim nurse, struggles in a state of invisible exile. As Ethiopian refugees gradually fill the flats of the housing estate where she lives, Lilly tentatively begins to share with them her longing for the home she herself once had in Africa and her heartbreaking search for her missing lover. Back in Haile Selassie's Ethiopia, the young Lilly, born in the 1950s to British parents, now orphaned and full of religious conviction, finds herself living in the city of Harar. She is drawn to the idealistic young doctor, Aziz, himself an outsider in the community. But then convulsions of a new revolutionary order separate them, sending Lilly to an England she has never seen, while Aziz disappears. Camilla Gibb's evocation of the distinctive world of the ancient city and of its unique religion and culture is vivid and rich. She draws us just as completely into the mind of the older Lilly, emotionally paralysed by her loss. The result is a fascinating and remarkably moving portrayal of a life lived at the cusp of two cultures.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099499190
ISBN-10: 0099499193
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 27mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Camilla Gibb

Camilla Gibb was born in London and lives in Toronto. She is the author of Mouthing the Words and The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life. She was one of the 21 young women writers included in the Orange Futures list of writers to watch in the 21st century.

Books By Camilla Gibb

Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
Paperback, April 2007
Mouthing The Words by Camilla Gibb
Paperback, February 2002