International Settings

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“The Moment Before Drowning is a highly lyrical novel.”

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Vietnamese Memories by Clement Baloup starts as a series of memories of the Vietnam War, different men, now living in France, telling how they left Saigon at the end of the war.

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History of Violence is not, as the title suggests, a big, fat tome about human aggression, brute force, and cruelty, though it describes a world in which violence shapes the life of the na

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Readers familiar with Man Booker Prize winners will quickly realize why Dorthe Nors’ novel, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal was a 2017 finalist for the international prize.

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South African born Jewish-Canadian author Kenneth Bonert’s sophomore effort The Mandela Plot is a sequel to his multiple awards winning debut novel The Lion Seeker (also reviewed

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Gonzalo Gil is a middle-aged attorney with a failing career, a fractured marriage, and a domineering father-in-law who wants him to give up his practice and work for his own powerful firm, which is

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John Cyrus Bellman—widower, farmer, and father to a ten-year-old daughter—seems to surprise even himself one day when he decides to leave everything behind to head west in search of “a creature ent

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“well written, masterfully translated . . . rewards rereading.”

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“a novel of friendships balanced with hate, set against the backdrop of a primitive landscape . . .”

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“a lovely story . . . a tale for those who continue to look for magic in the world . . .”

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The Burning Girl by Claire Messud relates the story of a close childhood friendship between Julia and Cassie that collapses by middle school as the girls grow apart and Cassie becomes trou

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“a story of loyalty between those who are brothers in spirit if not in reality . . .”

Can a man experience a coming of age after he becomes an adult?

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". . . a beautifully written novel."

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Sir John Halberd is found dead in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London.

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The Mother’s Promise is a chick-lit tearjerker that nevertheless conveys with sympathy and some depth the stories of four Northern California women who face difficult health and family pro

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As with many great novels that take chances, Monsieur Houellebecq’s latest offering has been overshadowed by controversy, particularly when first published in France, his homeland.

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Michel Houellebecq, the enfant terrible of French letters, is no longer an enfant and Submission is far from terrible, but his latest novel is, as usual, an even

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“a fully realized and mature work of fiction . . .”

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“amazing . . . original and experimental . . .”

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“Despite the constant rain, the black lava fields, black ocean, endless black sand, and the interminable twilight, this is not a dark novel.”

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“This is a book to be read for the same joy one garners from listening to Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’—again and again.”

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“. . . luscious prose filled with richness, depth, and meaning. Each bite satiates . . .”

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