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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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IRAMIFICATIONS
by Maria Galina
Translated from the Russian by Amanda Love Darragh

As I began to read Maria Galina's Iramifications, I couldn't help but think of the old Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road" movies in which two rather hapless adventurers find themselves…
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Reviewed by Jane Anderson Jones
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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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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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ALWAYS COCA COLA
Alexandra Chreiteh
Translated from the Arabic by Michelle Hartman

My friends and I, all twenty-somethings early into our careers, are typical young women. We gossip about relationships and men, dream big dreams about our futures, and have secure jobs that allow us …
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Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir


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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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