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The absurdity of war and the mysteries of childhood merge in Icelandic author Kristín Ómarsdóttir's Children in Reindeer Woods. Read an excerpt here.

Turkish author Ayșe Kulin's Farwell: An Occupied Mansion in Istanbul tells the story of one particular family living in one particular house during the end of the Ottoman Empire. Read the story's beginning here.

Canadian Barbara Howard brings taxidermy and a baby celebration together with hilarious results in "Western Taxidermy" the title story in her new collection.

NEWS (October 2012): Dear Readers, this issue (17) is still the current issue of Belletrista. Due to a family crisis and ongoing situation, Belletrista has been offline for several months. The good news is that circumstances are beginning to lighten and we hope to have another fabulous issue online sometime this month. Thank you for bearing with us during this time.

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Anne Berry

In the wicked British heat wave of 1976, four damaged lives collide in The Water Children. Each of the four characters is enigmatically and passionately connected to water, or to be more specific, the forces of water.

Reviewed by Joyce Nickel
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Sadie Jones

I am a big fan of Sadie Jones. Her first two novels, The Outcast and Small Wars, are heart-wrenching looks at troubled characters trying to maintain tumultuous relationships.… On the surface, The Uninvited Guests, Jones' third novel, feels nothing like her previous two.

Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir
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Selma Lagerlöf
Translated from the Swedish by Linda Schenck

Translator Linda Schenck's notes to her 1991 English version of Selma Lagerlöf's The Löwensköld Ring are almost as interesting as the novella itself, and anyone interested in literary criticism might easily get sidetracked musing about theories of translation instead of focusing on the brilliance of this …

Reviewed by Jean Raber
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Charlotte Rogan

Grace Winter, the narrator of Charlotte Rogan's The Lifeboat, is as unreliable as narrators come. Twenty-two years old, a newlywed and a widow, Grace is standing trial for her life. The Lifeboat is her attempt to recreate …

Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir

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Amalia Gladhart reviews Argentine author Liliana Heker's The End of the Story
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