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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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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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NO ONE IS HERE EXCEPT ALL OF US
Ramona Ausubel

No One is Here Except All of Us is an imaginative novel where villagers try to escape the horrors of World War II by literally creating their world anew. With the power of collective belief, they rewrite their life stories and try to make them reality.
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Reviewed by Lisa Sanders
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HOW TO STOP LOVING SOMEONE
Joan Connor

This book of short stories by award-winning author Joan Connor is a bit like an Oreo cookie: there are many parts to enjoy. If the filling is too sweet, chase it with the plainer, more serious biscuit part. If the chocolate biscuit is too dark, then skim the frosting off with your teeth and …
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Reviewed by Kathleen Ambrogi
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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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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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