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Finnish author Riikka Pulkkinen makes her English debut with her second novel, True. Read the first chapter here!

...A "subtly sophisticated gem of a novel" is how Joyce Nickel describes Mary Horlock's The Book of Lies. Read more...

The recent Bellweather Prize winning novel, Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron, is reviewed by Judy Lim

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WE ARE ALL EQUALLY FAR FROM LOVE
Adiania Shibli
Translated from the Arabic by paul Starkey

If we are to believe the narratives and the characters in this set of interlinked short stories, then we all yearn equally for love and, moreover, we are all equally far from love.
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Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie Dawood
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HOW TO STOP LOVING SOMEONE
Joan Connor

This book of short stories by award-winning author Joan Connor is a bit like an Oreo cookie: there are many parts to enjoy. If the filling is too sweet, chase it with the plainer, more serious biscuit part. If the chocolate biscuit is too dark, then skim the frosting off with your teeth and …
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Reviewed by Kathleen Ambrogi
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NO ONE IS HERE EXCEPT ALL OF US
Ramona Ausubel

No One is Here Except All of Us is an imaginative novel where villagers try to escape the horrors of World War II by literally creating their world anew. With the power of collective belief, they rewrite their life stories and try to make them reality.
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Reviewed by Lisa Sanders
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AFTER THE APOCALYPSE
Maureen McHugh

After the Apocalypse, a new short story collection by science fiction/fantasy writer Maureen F. McHugh, caught me off-guard. I curled up with the book in bed one night. At first, I found myself chuckling over the opening story, "The Naturalist," about a man imprisoned on a "zombie preserve" ….
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Reviewed by Kathi Ambrogi


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Sudha Balagopal invites readers into the world of South Indian Carnatic music in the seven short stories of her debut collection. Amanda Meale reviews it for us. image Included with this review is a performance by veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar
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