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After the death of his wife, Bin Okuma returns to British Columbia where he spent his childhood in a World War II internment camp. Frances Itani captures the rage and heartache of Japanese Canadians during this period, as well as the unspoken feelings that continue to flow beneath the surface. Why is Itani, an award winner writer in her native Canada, not more widely read? Perhaps because the strength of this novel lies in its quiet dignity.

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ISBN: 9780802121233
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Published: Grove Press - August 6th, 2013

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She won’t wash just anyone’s dirty linen. When Magda hires Emerence as a housekeeper she is put on notice. Emerence is of peasant stock—immaculate, tireless, strong as an ox. Magda is a writer married to an academic and dedicated to the life of the mind. The fierce loyalty that grows between them is matched only by their deep incompatibility. You have never met a character like Emerence in your life, and I promise you’ll never forget her.

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By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

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A chance early morning encounter, rekindles painful memories for two friends who have since grown apart. Petterson’s language is poetic, unpretentious and precise. He delivers the deep longings the complexity and also the essential loneliness of his characters against a sparse Norwegian landscape. If you liked Out Stealing Horses, you will love I Refuse. And if you haven’t read Out Stealing Horses—what are you waiting for? Get them both!

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By Per Petterson, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781555977405
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 17th, 2016