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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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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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THREE WEEKS IN DECEMBER
Audrey Schulman

Advocacy fiction can be a tricky business: it's easy for passion to slip into sermon or harangue, obscuring the identity of the work as a story. When that happens, I would argue that it might as well be an essay rather than fiction. Audrey Schulman's latest novel, Three Weeks in December, tackles the genre of advocacy fiction twice, alternating chapters of two stories on the theme of Euro-American involvement with Africa. Happily for the reader, she stays on the safe side of the line between fiction and essay.
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Reviewed by Tad Deffler
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JUDITH'S SISTER
Lisa Tremblay

The nameless narrator (let's call her Miss X) of this engaging rite-of-passage novel is a twelve-year-old Catholic girl growing up in a small rural town in Quebec. Her stoic father works in the timber industry and …
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Reviewed by Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe
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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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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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