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'Be Careful Out There, Be Careful in Here: The Dangerous Worlds of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya' by Tim Jones

An extended review of Hillary Jordan's When She Woke explores this thoughtful, modern re-telling of a classic.

'Eyes for the Grotesque Things in Life': A Conversation with Sarah Hall

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SO GOOD IN BLACK
Sunetra Gupta

So Good in Black is one of those rare books that sends you scrabbling for the author's backlist. Beautifully written, wonderfully observed and deftly executed, it is a moving examination of ageing friendships and haunted lives …
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Reviewed by Andy Barnes
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THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC
Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka, author of the wonderful When the Emperor was Divine, has produced an exceptional novel in The Buddha in the Attic. It is a novel seemingly without plot and seemingly without characters. Yet the characters exist.
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Reviewed by Judy Lim
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THE TESTAMENT OF JESSIE LAMB
Jane Rogers

In this near future novel, the world is suffering from the sins of its previous generations. The survival of the human race is threatened by a new disease, Maternal Death Syndrome. MDS affects the brain, and it has infected everyone, although it is only activated in women…
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Reviewed by Jana Herlander
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THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE
Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis
Translated from the Danish by Lene Kaaberbøl

I'm always willing to give a book a try, even in a genre that I never read. So when The Boy in the Suitcase, a thriller by Danish authors Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, landed in my mailbox, I thought, why not? A few hours later, after swiftly consuming this rollercoaster of a story …
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Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir
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THE GOLDSMITH'S SECRET
Elia Barceló
Translated from the Spanish by David Frye

Imagine that you are a successful but lonely middle aged man, whose heart was broken years ago by the only woman you've ever loved. You are provided one opportunity to meet her again, without knowing …
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Reviewed by Darryl Morris


"A Kingdom for a Kalashnikov" by Andrea Heiberg Book Cover
A short story from her collection, Next Stop: Sejer Island
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