International Settings

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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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“Murder at the Lanterne Rouge is wonderfully plotted, and Cara Black ties together the past and present with élan. We’ll always have Paris.”

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“This is an important literary occasion. . . . The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq is one of the rare books that merits and rewards a second reading.”

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“We Are All Equally Far from Love is not a book to be picked up and put down.

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