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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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WHO IS ANA MENDIETA?
Christine Redfern
Illustrated by Caro Caron

Cuban American artist Ana Mendieta (1948-85) created beautiful, arresting and often shocking images during her lifetime. Sent to live in exile in America by her parents during childhood, Mendieta believed that her art was "a direct result of… having been torn away from my homeland during my adolescence…
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Reviewed by Charlotte Simpson
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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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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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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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A review by Amalia Gladhart
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