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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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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 LAKE
Banana Yoshimoto
Translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich

Banana Yoshimoto is one of those authors who can require one to be in a certain mood. I, personally, want to read her works while sitting at the kitchen table. It should be the middle of the night, with …
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Reviewed by C. Lariviere
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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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IN THEIR FATHER'S COUNTRY
Anne-Marie Drosso

'What's a life?' Claire Sahli wondered. The answer seemed obvious to her: 'if you're young, it's the future; not so young, it's the present; old, it's the past; and very old, it's the deaths of all those who mattered in your life.' As she now saw it, that's what a life seemed to be. A succession of deaths, one after the other.
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Reviewed by Jana Herlander
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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


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