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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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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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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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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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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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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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