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Broken Summer

This is an engrossing and beautifully written mystery, with complex characters that Lee delicately strips bare.

Matilda’s Secret

Recommended for fans of interwar-era and World War II–era historical fiction, and general historical fiction, especially with a European setting.

The North Face of the Heart

The mysteries are dark and twisty, and the moments of danger are plentiful. Amaia’s experience with trauma gives her insight into people’s thinking; she uses this knowledge to hunt down new demons. Fans of noir fiction will devour this book.

The Ardent Swarm

Winner of the prestigious Prix de la Francophonie, Tunisian-born, Paris-based Manai’s first book to be translated into English is a fascinating account of parallel conflicts between bees and hornets and between villagers and fanatics. The enormous talent on display here recommends a second reading to relish the author’s storytelling ability.
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The Divine Boys

Although Restrepo (Delirium) gives this award-winning novel an effective structure and flowing text, the despicable characters and violent crime are major turnoffs. Heinous though the murder is, the author elicits little pity for the victim and offers no apology or explanation on the perpetrator’s behalf. Appealing to those readers for whom sensationalism and contemptible characters are standard entertainment.
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A Silenced Voice: The Life of Journalist Kim Wall

Those who recall the news stories about Wall’s murder will be drawn to this biography and will finish with a deep respect for her contributions to the field. It will especially appeal to readers interested in the craft of journalism and true crime.
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The King of Warsaw

This intelligent and literary novel about the Jewish situation in Poland is presented from an original vantage point. It will be of interest to readers of pre-Holocaust literature and books about the Jewish situation in Europe between World Wars.
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A Drop of Midnight

This touching exploration of race and heritage is incisive, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. Recommended for readers interested in multiracial memoirs and the search for family and identity.
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Mama Hissa’s Mice

Unfortunately, the social disorder experienced by the main characters is mirrored in the plot, complicating an already complex story, and uneven pacing detracts from the novel’s exploration into whether friendships can overcome generations of religious and ethnic differences. No match for Alsanousi’s well-received debut.
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