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A positive sense of otherness

Fartumo Kusow uses the backdrop of war-torn Somalia to explore the human condition in Tale of a Boon’s Wife

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RACHEL IDZERDA

THERE ARE many dark, difficult moments in Fartumo Kusow’s debut English-language novel, Tale of a Boon’s Wife, set in the years before and after the fall of the Somali government in 1991. The ability to create powerful characters from war-torn countries that come to life for readers in North America is no small feat for a Somali-born journalist who only learned English after moving to Canada in 1991.

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