Sweetness in the Belly Reviews
"Despite some predictability of plot, the novel fluently speaks the 'languages of religion and exile,' depicting both the multifaceted heartbreak of those lucky enough to escape violent regime changes..." - Publishers Weekly
"Gibbs' novel is a gripping and provocative addition to the post-9/11 genre of fiction exploring the many facets of Islam." - Booklist
"Gibb's territory is urgently modern and controversial but she enters it softly, with grace, integrity and a lovely, compassionate story." - Kirkus
"This is a profound novel, exploring themes of female circumcision, politics, war, tribalism, yet it is also an exquisite homage to Islam. Some of the most beautiful passages are about Lily's faith. Islam is her guiding force, as she seeks to discover the true meaning of jihad, 'The holy war we have within ourselves ... Our internal struggle for purity.'" - The Guardian
"In Sweetness in the Belly, Camilla Gibb, a social anthropologist, offers a vivid National Geographic snapshot of a culture in crisis, but the story she hangs on this richly evoked backdrop is both wildly implausible and strangely wan." - Entertainment Weekly
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