International Fiction: Windows on the World

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The Lower River
Paul Theroux

THEROUX

Idealizing the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps, Ellis Hock is abruptly divorced by his wife and decides to return to Africa only to find the region devastatingly transformed by poverty and apathy.


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Baking Cakes in Kigali: A Novel
Gaile Parkin

PARKIN

Rendered a confidant and supportive friend for her willingness to listen to her neighbors in genocide-stricken Rwanda, baker Angel Tungaraza provides decadent confections and transforming counsel to a series of troubled customers.


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This Golden Land
Barbara Wood

WOOD

Presents a sweeping historical saga of Australia and a love story that neither time nor distance can erase.


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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
M.L. Stedman

STEDMAN

A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.


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Beautiful Maria of My Soul
Oscar Hijuelos

HIJUELOS

In a part sequel and part retelling of “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” the inspiration for the Mambo King’s biggest hit, Maria, now 60 years old, reminisces about her days and nights in Havana, offering a completely different perspective on the Mambo Kings’ story.


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Peaches for Father Francis: A Novel
Joanne Harris

HARRIS

The bestselling author of Chocolat continues the story of Vianne, who returns to the French village of Lansquenet with her daughters before allying herself with a desperate Father Francis to reverse disturbing local changes.


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Murder Below Montparnasse (Aimee Leduc Investigation)
Cara Black

MYS BLACK

Aimee Leduc is hired by a mysterious elderly Russian man to protect a valuable painting that is stolen before Aimee can start her work, a situation that is complicated by the client’s murder and dangerous adversaries who also seek the painting.


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The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel
Margot Livesey

LIVESEY

After her widowed father drowns, Gemma Hardy leaves Iceland to live with family in Scotland where she encounters many difficulties as she grows up. Eventually she accepts a post as an au pair on the Orkney Islands where she finds herself attracted to her employer, Mr. Sinclair.


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The Mystery of Mercy Close: A Walsh Sister Novel
Marian Keyes

KEYES

Forced to return to her mother’s home after a career setback, private investigator Helen Walsh frets over her new boyfriend’s ex and reluctantly accepts a missing-persons case from her former flame that prompts her search in the former circles of a boy band member.


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The Thread: A Novel
Victoria Hislop

HISLOP

A beautiful and epic novel that spans nearly a hundred years, The Thread is a magnificent story of a friendship and a love that endures through the catastrophes and upheavals of the twentieth century—both natural and man-made—in the turbulent city of Thessaloniki, Greece.


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The Hope Factory: A Novel
Lavanya Sankaran

SANKARAN

Anand, the proud owner of a small factory, finds his future uncertain when it collides with urban forces out of his control and a woman named Kamala who is determined to make a better life for her son.


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The Folded Earth: A Novel
Anuradha Roy

ROY

The story of a young widow who seeks refuge in a remote India mountain village teaching job where she helps a young girl to secretly correspond with a lover, until outside forces hijack local elections and violently threaten the villagers.


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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel
Jess Walter

WALTER

Follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.


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The Love of My Youth: A Novel
Mary Gordon

GORDON

A novel about first lovers meeting again after more than thirty years, walking the streets of Rome and reimmersing themselves in their lost past.


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A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth Ozeki

OZEKI

Nao Yasutani is a Japanese schoolgirl who plans to kill herself as a way of escaping her dreary life. First, though, she intends to write in her diary the life story of her great-grandmother Jiko, a Zen Buddhist nun. But Nao actually ends up writing her own life story, and the diary eventually washes up on the shore of Vancouver Island.


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Please Look After Mom
Kyung-Sook Shin

SIN

A stunning, deeply moving story of a family’s search for their missing mother, and their discovery of the desires, heartaches and secrets they never realized she harbored within.


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This Burns My Heart: A Novel
Samuel Park

PARK

Struggling to provide a good life for her daughter in spite of her own unhappy marriage and a culture that grants no rights to women, Soo-Ja Choi of 1960s Korea navigates the pitfalls of her conniving in-laws while longing for her true love, Doctor Yul.


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The Butterfly's Daughter
Mary Alice Monroe

MONROE

Following the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico, Luz Avila arrives in San Antonio to find her aunt and meets her mother, who she had always believed dead. Now Luz must face her mother’s reappearance in her life and get her grandmother’s ashes to Mexico for the Day of the Dead.


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Secret Son
Laila Lalami

LALAMI

Follows Youssef El Mekki’s journey from a childhood in poverty with his mother on the streets of Casablanca to a life of luxury with his father and back again.


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The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

RUIZ ZAFON

A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author’s works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.


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The Time In Between: A Novel
Maria Duenas

DUENAS

Follows the story of a seamstress who becomes the most sought-after couturiere during the Spanish Civil War and World War II.


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The Reeducation of Cherry Truong: A Novel
Aimee Phan

PHAN

When her brother is exiled to live with distant relatives in Vietnam, a young woman journeys to her family’s homeland to bring him back and uncovers mysteries about secret loves, desperate choices and the human consequences of war.


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