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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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BESIDE THE SEA
Véronique Olmi
Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter

Beside the Sea is a small novel that conforms perfectly to Peirene Press' ambition to publish books that can be read in the same time it takes to watch a film. Despite its brevity, Olmi's book is a powerful examination of the demands of motherhood, and a melancholy look at what it means to love in a frightening world.
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Reviewed by Andy Barnes
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THE BOOK OF CHANGE
Eileen Chang

Eileen Chang's reputation as an author has come full circle. Her writings were beloved in occupied Shanghai during World War II, but she lost her popularity as the Cultural Revolution marginalized writers, like Chang, who created stories without a political subtext. Today she is generally considered to be one of the great Chinese writers of the twentieth century.
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Reviewed by Barbara Steeg
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SALVAGE THE BONES
Jesmyn Ward

I reviewed Jesmyn Ward's debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds for Belletrista's issue 2, and ever since then I've been looking forward to reading her second. Salvage the Bones was worth the wait. The good news doesn't stop there …
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Reviewed by Rachel Hayes
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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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