Gifts from an Empty Suitcase and Other Short Stories

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Strategic Book Publishing, Oct 3, 2012 - Fiction - 97 pages
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Stories and poems describe the fate of worldwide refugees. The characters in Gifts from an Empty Suitcase and Other Short Stories: And Twenty Poems come from all walks of life, races and age groups. They are Arab, Jewish-American, Hispanic, Israeli, Japanese and Australian. This fascinating collection of stories and poetry encompasses both East and West, describing how people try to survive in our turbulent times. In a world filled with tragedy and a growing refugee population, there is a surplus of sadness, but there is also joy. Poems often complement the stories, and the last poem describes New Zealand, where the author now lives. Don?t travel on your journey through life without Gifts from an Empty Suitcase.
 

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I highly recommend this volume to those who like high quality writing.The five short stories by Aviva Butt are essentially a collection of highly literary writing. Butt is a scholar who works in the field of Hebrew and Arabic literature. Although she may not have been to all the places mentioned in her short stories, they have an authentic feel. This may be because she is both well-traveled and well-informed. She has lived in the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand, and Israel. She has visited Egypt, India and the Gulf states. She presently lives and writes in the Czech Republic. The poems included as a “bonus” often relate to the stories, and are highly entertaining.  

Contents

GIFTS FROM AN EMPTY SUITCASE
A NIGHTMARE IN AFGHANISTAN
AND SEEING THE MULTITUDE
AN ETHEREAL MISHAP
LUNA
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Aviva Butt was born in New York City, educated in Australia and now calls Dunedin, New Zealand home. This is her first book. Her second book, already underway, will be Poets in a War Torn World: Four Essays by Aviva Butt with Introduction by Reuven Snir.

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