Vale Sam Piniau


PrayertreeJane Belfield is nothing if not prolific. The former PNG Government Broadcasting Service journalist has written a second e-book under the name of her alter ego, Jane Hill. The Prayer Tree and Other Stories (you can read an excerpt if you follow the link) was published by Alinar Publications on 4 February. “This is a collection of short stories I’ve written over the years,” says Jane.

“The first story sets the theme, and is the only one in the collection which is not fiction. In the other six stories: a retired spinster schoolteacher goes in search of flowers for an old friend’s funeral; a widow visits a flamboyant fortune-teller; a wife takes revenge for her husband’s infidelity; an elderly woman, lonely following the death of her husband and the estrangement from her granddaughter, finds herself in hospital; a migraine forces a young woman to visit a doctor in an unfamiliar town; an encounter on a lonely beach is unnerving for a young divorcee. Yes, the leading players in all seven stories are women.”


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