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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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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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VERTICAL MOTION
Can Xue
Translated from the Chinese by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping

Can Xue's stories collected here are expeditions into the literary fantastic: unaccountable states in which the impossible is commonplace, and the reactions of commonplace people are nothing like normal.
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Reviewed by Michael Matthew
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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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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
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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


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