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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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WILD MULBERRIES
Iman Humaydan Younes
Translated from the Arabic by Michelle Hartman

Set in the 1930s in rural Lebanon, Wild Mulberries is a slim book about a world in transition. A crumbling silkworm farm run by a man who refuses to see a new world knocking at his door serves as the backdrop for …
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Reviewed by Andy Barnes
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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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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
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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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MY BERLIN CHILD
Anne Wiazemsky
Translated from the French by Alison Anderson

When I saw the beautiful cover of this Europa Edition novel, I immediately stopped and read the flaps. The story sounded like something I would love: a female ambulance driver in WWII, with a minor role in the Résistance, ultimately finds love in post-war Berlin.
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Reviewed by Lisa Sanders


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