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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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AVAILABLE DARK
Elizabeth Hand

Long ago, Cassandra Neary roamed the streets and rock clubs of the Lower East Side, photographing punk-scene habitués as damaged as herself. After making a small name for herself with a single book of photographs…
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Reviewed by Michael Matthew
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THE WORLD WE FOUND
Thrity Umrigar

In her fifth novel Thrity Umrigar explores the haunting themes of love and loss, idealism and disappointment, commitment and betrayal. The World We Found belongs alongside…
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Reviewed by Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe
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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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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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