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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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PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM
Kyung-Sook Shin
Translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim

One afternoon in 2007, an elderly woman disappears from a Seoul train station. During their attempts to find her, her husband and adult children reflect on what they actually knew about their wife and mother. It turns out, not much.
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Reviewed by Joyce Nickel
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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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THE STRENGTH OF WOMEN, ÂHKAMÊYIMOWAK
Edited by Priscilla Settee

This book pulls back the curtain on a world that may have been invisible to many readers. The real life voices that speak to us here are those of Canadian Aboriginal women. Priscilla Settee, a leading Saskatchewan educator and activist, has collected these words from women …
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Reviewed by Kathleen Ambrogi
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THE BOOK OF DOUBT
Tessa de Loo

The Book of Doubt tells the story of a young Dutch man's search for his father, a Moroccan musician his mother had a brief relationship with. Accompanied by his best friend Hassan, the man, Saeed, takes a road trip around Morocco …
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Reviewed by Andy Barnes
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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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A review by Amalia Gladhart
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