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A Fist around the Heart

by Karen Rigby

Heather Chisvin’s pensive, eloquent novel traces the paths of two Russian Jewish sisters: one based in Winnipeg, the other in Manhattan; one who commits suicide, one a survivor left with unanswerable questions. It reveals the trauma... Read More

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Lion Cross Point

by Karen Rigby

Masatsugu Ono’s "Lion Cross Point" is an atmospheric, melancholy tale about memory and absence. Ten-year-old Takeru arrives at his mother’s childhood village by the sea. Under the care of a relative, Mitsuko, he settles into a... Read More

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The Pirate Bride

by Karen Rigby

Kathleen Y’Barbo’s "The Pirate Bride" is a lavish eighteenth-century romance that details the power of a young girl’s prayers. Set on the high seas, on an island, and in New Orleans, the story of a chance meeting between a young... Read More

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How to Set Yourself on Fire

by Karen Rigby

"How to Set Yourself on Fire" is a brooding tale of memory, emotional malaise, grief, and voyeurism. Languorous, thirty-five-year old Sheila steals her dead grandmother’s shoe box, filled with 382 letters, and discovers a secret past.... Read More

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The Way You Run in Dreams

by Karen Rigby

"The Way You Run in Dreams" is an attentive, ecopoetic gathering of texts that honors felt and lived experiences with a clear, defined voice. Time and its ravages, absence, and the silent interludes before and after human... Read More

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Corky Tails

by Karen Rigby

Encouraging stewardship as well as kindness, this picture book includes a worthy, timeless call to remember that nature and humanity are inextricably bound. Sagebrush and the Smoke Jumper is a lively account of a forest fire caused by... Read More

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