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Review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos

When immigrant Jane is offered a chance to make a life-changing amount of money at Golden Oaks Farm, she hesitantly agrees. After all, she’s not left with many other options. Jane leaves her cramped Queens dorm that she shares with her baby daughter, her super-nanny cousin Ate, and a host of other immigrants, to become a Host. For the next nine months she’ll carry the unborn child of an ultra-rich Client. Every piece of food she consumes, every action she takes, every phone call she makes, will be monitored by the Coordinators, headed up by the ambitious Mae Yu. At first Jane marvels at her surroundings, more luxurious than she’s ever known herself, but fear soon sets in as she begins to fret about her daughter’s well-being and the other Hosts’ suspicions about Golden Oaks become her own.

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Review: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Ijeoma is coming of age during the Nigerian Civil War, a conflict that devastates her home and her family. Sent away by her mother for her own safety, Ijeoma finds herself embarking on a passionate love affair with another girl. She quickly learns the consequences of expressing this part of her identity and struggles to navigate the violent prejudices of her people.

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Review: The Island (Hidden Iceland series) by Ragnar Jónasson

Detective Hulda Hermannsdóttir is tasked with investigating the mysterious death of a young woman on the isolated island of Elliðaey during a weekend getaway with old friends. She soon discovers that this group have seen tragedy before, and begins to question if the shocking murder of one of their friend’s ten years ago is connected with this new case.

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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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