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Book Review: Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians

As much about Indigenous joy as it is about Indigenous pain, this book is a moving and tender portrait of the living effects of the residential schools. It provides a gentle resistance to the whitewashing of history and ongoing struggle to return the remains of Indigenous children to their tribes.

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Book Review: Sahar Mustafah’s The Beauty of Your Face

Afaf’s life is recounted through flashbacks, while in the present she comes face-to-face with a gunman in the Muslim all-girls school where she is principal. Mustafah reveals a face of the immigrant experience that I feel is often overlooked: the healing power of religion.

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Book Review: Carolina de Robertis’s Cantoras

The five women of Cantoras carve out a place for themselves in a sleepy seaside village; the safe haven they create sees them leave and return, with each other, with lovers new and old, and sometimes all alone.

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Book Review: Zen Cho’s Black Water Sister

At its heart, this book isn’t about ghosts, or queerness, or complicated relationships with family and culture (though it certainly contains all of these things). This is a book about the violence and injustice done to women who are bound by love or propriety or culture or religion to people who hurt them.

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