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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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THE WATER CHILDREN
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.
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Reviewed by Joyce Nickel
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BOUNDARIES
Elizabeth Nunez

The title of this insightful novel serves as a perfect descriptor for its major theme: the boundaries that separate cultures, literature, colleagues, and those who love and sustain each of us.
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Reviewed by Darryl Morris
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THE FLOWERS OF WAR
Geling Yan
Translated from the Chinese by Nicky Harman

Before reading Geling Yan's The Flowers of War, I had never heard of the Nanking Massacre. I was surprised to learn about this fairly recent historical event …
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Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir
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WHEN THE NIGHT
Cristina Comencini
Translated from the Italian by Marina Harss

Marina is a young mother who is never quite certain that she really wanted children in the first place. She loves her toddler Marco with an almost obsessive fixation but she also despises his ability …
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Reviewed by Judy Lim


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