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Review: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-of-age story that follows a young Northern girl named Jeanette. Adopted and raised in a religious family, Jeanette believes she is destined to become a missionary. As Jeanette reaches her teenage years, she finds herself falling in love with another girl, and her strict Pentecostal church responds with vehemence.

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Review: The Tyranny of Lost Things by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

When Harmony drops out of university, she decides to return to her childhood home: a North London commune that’s now a decrepit block of flats. She hopes by moving back she’ll discover the source of her unsettling nightmares. The house has changed a lot, but at the same time so much is the same. It’s still a hotbed of vices, which fuels Harmony’s search for answers, answers that may change everything she thought she knew about her parents and herself.

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Review: The Silver Road by Stina Jackson

Lelle’s teenager daughter, Lina, went missing three years ago. He still drives the Silver Road, lit by the Swedish Midnight Sun, searching for anything that may help bring Lina back to him. Meja has just moved to Northern Sweden with her volatile mother. She’s no stranger to relocating and never bothers to try to settle down in one place. She’s surprised to find herself so attached to local boy Carl-Johan and his eccentric family. Meja and Lelle’s storylines play out in parallel to each other for most of the book, only to finally collide in the latter half as Lelle is drawn to Meja by her resemblance to his missing daughter.

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Review: The Glass Woman by Carolina Lea

Rósa is sent to the remote Icelandic village of Stykkishólmur to marry Jón Eiríksson. His villagers distrust him deeply after the mysterious death of his previous wife Anna, and Rósa struggles to settle, isolated from everyone. She soon fears that the circumstances around Anna’s death were far more suspicious than she first expected, and she wonders if she may soon meet the same fate.

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Review: Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

When Terese Marie Mailhot finds herself hospitalised due to a combination of PTSD and bipolar, she is given a notebook and begins to write. Heart Berries is what this notebook became. Part memoir, part memorial, Mailhot uncovers her sometimes troubling relationships with her parents and her lovers and tries to make sense of them and herself.

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Review: Strange as This Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake

Set in present day West Virginia, Ann Pancake’s debut novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been, tells the story of a coal mining family— a couple and their four children— living through the latest mining boom and dealing with the mountaintop removal and strip mining that is ruining what is left of their mountain life. As the mine turns the mountains to slag and wastewater, workers struggle with layoffs and children find adventure in the blasted moonscape craters.

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Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil.

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