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In Praise of Anita Rau Badami by Caitlin Fehir

"Red Leaves", a short story by Can Xue

Tess Gallagher: Lying Next to the Knife by Caroline McElwee

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THE HUNTER
Julia Leigh

The last known thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) was captured in Tasmania in 1933 and spent its final three years in Hobart Zoo before it died of exposure after being locked out of its shelter one very cold night. However, sightings of this incredible creature have been reported …
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Reviewed by Judy Lim
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FIRE FROM THE ANDES: SHORT FICTION BY WOMEN FROM BOLIVIA, ECUADOR, AND PERU
Susan E. Benner and Kathy S. Leonard
Translated from the Spanish by Susan E. Benner and Kathy S. Leonard

Imagine you knew that Death would come for you on your next birthday, precisely at the time that you were born. Would you try to cheat her out of claiming you?
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Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie-Dawood
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TELL IT TO THE TREES
Anita Rau Badami

Tell it to the Trees opens with the death of Anu, a single woman who rents the "back house" of the Dharma family. It is winter, a deep cold winter in northern British Columbia, and Anu is found frozen…
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Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir
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IN THEIR FATHER'S COUNTRY
Anne-Marie Drosso

'What's a life?' Claire Sahli wondered. The answer seemed obvious to her: 'if you're young, it's the future; not so young, it's the present; old, it's the past; and very old, it's the deaths of all those who mattered in your life.' As she now saw it, that's what a life seemed to be. A succession of deaths, one after the other.
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Reviewed by Jana Herlander
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STOLEN LIVES
Jassy Mackenzie

Jassy Mackenzie's sequel to her 2010 Random Violence is simultaneously more engaging and less so than its predecessor. The series' protagonist is Jade de Jong: a young, South African private investigator who has lived as an expatriate for many years following the murder of her famous police inspector father …
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Reviewed by Tad Deffler


The Scale of Maps by Belé Gopegui Book Cover: The Scale of Maps
A review by Amalia Gladhart
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