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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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GILLESPIE AND I
Jane Harris

Gillespie and I is a book that refuses to be easily categorized. Part psychological thriller, part murder mystery, and part Victorian Gothic, Harris's second novel joins the ranks of…
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Reviewed by Deborah Montouri
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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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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 DEATH OF LOMOND FRIEL
Sue Peebles

At some point in our teenage years or in early adulthood, most of us will come face to face with the loss of someone close to us, a parent, grandparent, other relative or friend. Loss affects everyone differently; some carry on as if nothing has happened, whilst others …
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Reviewed by Ceri Evans
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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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