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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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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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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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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
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FIRE FROM THE ANDES: SHORT FICTION BY WOMEN FROM BOLIVIA, ECUADOR, AND PERU
Susan E. Benner and Kathy S. Leonard
Translated from the Spanish by Susan E. Benner and Kathy S. Leonard

Imagine you knew that Death would come for you on your next birthday, precisely at the time that you were born. Would you try to cheat her out of claiming you?
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Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie-Dawood


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A review by Amalia Gladhart
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