Belizean Nail Soup: A Collection of Short Stories

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Ten stories by nine writers create a vivid image of the variety of people, landscapes and talent in Belize, the tiny seaside Caribbean nation in Central America. More

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About Felene M. Cayetano

Felene M. Cayetano was born in the Central American country of Belize and migrated to Los Angeles, California at the tender age of 9. This migration experience at such a young age shaped her outlook about people, permanence and the definition of home. While seeking answers she was certain only that she loved to write poetry, read non-fiction or realistic fiction and became alive sharing those joys with others. These certainties led to self-publishing a poetry collection in 2004 and many years of schooling before returning to her birthplace and commencing a career as a librarian.

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Review by: Soup Monster on Feb. 9, 2014 :
The addict noticed the skeletal remains of a man that once lived. It barely protruded from the earth in the park. He walked over to those silent bones and instinctively poured some Belizean Nail Soup over them. To his surprise, and everyone's amazement, the skeleton came to life. It said "Now, dis da soup!"

Such is the power of Belizean Nail Soup. Each story is like a sip of a blast of ingredients, mixed in a unique style. It can't be just the age of the authors. Nor is it just some common theme that might be found in all of these stories. Nor is it that these stories occur in Belize. Nor could it be some sort of secret ingredient in this collection giving it its distinctive Belizean flavour. Then how is this soup flavoured so? Why not take a taste and see for yourself?!

In a colloquial sense, at least in my experience, nail soup is usually associated with hard times. My opinion is that, in general, these stories are about hard times. There are no specific dates, but I think one can assume at most in the past 30 to 50 years ("recent," in the history of the world). More importantly, though, they do form a soup that can be enjoyed, precisely during these hard times.

Humor, philosophy, psychology, sadness, anger, desire, pride, history, fact, fiction, and so on... if these had a place on our tongue buds, this Belizean Nail Soup would activate them all, and we savour life in its sweet, salty, sour, bitter and spicy moods. If you were a little fueled by the title, as I was, note now that it indicates how the soup was made, but the quality of the soup will surpass your expectations. Nonetheless, everyone has their own tastes and preferences, so maybe not. Only one way to find out though.. go ahead, have some Belizean Nail Soup!
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
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