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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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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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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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STONE IN A LANDSLIDE
Maria Barbal
Translated from the Catalan by Laura McGloughlin and Paul Mitchell

Stone in a Landslide is a modern Catalan classic. It was first published in 1985, but is only now available in English translation. Discovering a great novella about how the Spanish Civil War tore apart the Catalan nation is an opportunity that shouldn't be ignored.
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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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