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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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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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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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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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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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THE SLEEPWALKER
Margarita Karapanou
Translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich

As the novel opens God is pondering his creation of mankind and feeling that he has made an error. "For the first time he felt sad, and deeply bored. He saw that his people were small and ridiculous, and he was gripped by an awful rage …
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Reviewed by Amanda Meale


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