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A Burning

DEBUT And what has burned? A train, torched in the Kolabagan railway station with more than 100 left dead...
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Every Bone a Prayer

A beautifully rendered coming-of-age tale for a wide range of readers.
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Super Host

A painter herself, Russo makes the act of creating art come alive, while effectively limning her characters in this incisive study of contemporary life. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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The Disoriented

Having moved from Beirut to Paris with the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War, the Prix Goncourt–winning Maalouf (The Rock of Tanios) deftly lets us know how the changes wrought by time’s passage really feel, especially when one has traded continents and cultures.

 
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Little Eyes

Of a piece with Schweblin’s elliptical Fever Dream and the disturbing story collection A Mouthful of Birds, both runners-up for the Man Booker International Prize, this jittery eye-opener will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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Almond

­Impressively portraying Yunjae’s shrugged-shoulder calm and efforts to understand his world, Sohn offers a heartening study of human emotion.

 

Our Riches

Both gorgeous paean to literature and historically astute observation; highly recommended for book lovers everywhere.

 

Tropic of Violence

Appanah’s heartrending, insightful story makes us understand--and feel--the steps leading toward bloody confrontation in this relentless world.

 

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The Drive

An unexpected story of resistance to military life, sobering and nuanced.

 

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