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From the Cafe and Beyond by Nadia Hasan
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Nadia Hasan expresses herself without holding back. She is a woman who has seen the good and bad in life. Her poetry is real, but at the same time beautiful enough to seem ethereal. The fiction holds a similar prowess. It is harsher and more gritty than her poetry. Characters from the fringe are explored and brought to life in stunning clarity.

There are a some extra and missing words early on, and I do wish the characters in the fiction were a little more likable. It isn't necessarily a criticism to say they were *too* real. But, overall, Hasan's writing presents a realistic image of the world and gives voice to the underrepresented souls who toil within it. From the Cafe and Beyond is a collection that will make you think as well as feel.
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