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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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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 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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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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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 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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