Backlist Gems

By Restless Books

By Restless Books

The Body Papers: A Memoir

Grace Talusan

$22.99 $21.15

Grace Talusan’s critically acclaimed memoir The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, powerfully explores the fraught contours of her own life as a Filipino immigrant and survivor of cancer and childhood abuse.

My Part of Her

Javad Djavahery

$17.99 $16.55

“A searing novel, by Iranian exile Djavahery, of love and betrayal in a time of revolution…. Djavahery’s novel is an aching evocation of paradise lost, one that is impossible to regain, even in our narrator’s searching dreams. Vivid, shattering, and utterly memorable.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Silence of the Chagos

Shenaz Patel

$17.99 $16.55

“A young man's journey of self-discovery illuminates the heart-wrenching history of the Chagos Archipelago, a little-known part of the world.... Patel, a Mauritian journalist, uses her cast of characters to narrate a keenly observed story, translated from French, about displacement.... A fierce and evocative telling of the strangled arc of a peace-loving people.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

The Mermaid in the Bathtub

Nurit Zarchi and Rutu Modan

$22.99 $21.15

“Grain-of-Sand and her witty responses are a delight throughout the tale, forcing both Mr. Whatwilltheysay and readers to think about what they consider to be ‘normal.’ The plot is easily followed, and the vocabulary is age-appropriate and properly nautically themed. Modan’s detailed, expressive, and child-friendly illustrations draw readers right into the story and show them a whole new world.... Goldfajn has done a great job at translating this story in such a way that the content and wordplay are not lost. Together [they] lead readers right to a treasure trove of perspective, wonder, and a little bit of adventure…. An excellent translation and tale about accepting others and embracing change.” —School Library Journal

I Am God

Giacomo Sartori

$17.99 $16.55

A Financial Times Best Book of 2019! Diabolically funny and subversively philosophical, Italian novelist Giacomo Sartori’s I Am God is the diary of the Almighty’s existential crisis that erupts when he falls in love with a human.


Gabriela Wiener

$17.99 $16.55

“No other writer in the Spanish-speaking world is as fiercely independent and thoroughly irreverent as Gabriela Wiener. Constantly testing the limits of genre and gender, Wiener’s work … has bravely unveiled truths some may prefer remain concealed about a range of topics, from the daily life of polymorphous desire to the tiring labor of maternity.” —Cristina Rivera Garza, author of The Iliac Crest

The Wild Book

Juan Villoro

$17.99 $16.55

“Published by Yonder, an imprint of Restless Books, the book is seamlessly translated by Lawrence Schimel, and it reads as compellingly as anything written for adults. In a summer at his strange uncle’s house, thirteen-year-old Juan discovers he is a ‘Princeps Reader’—a person who can bring out the magic in books, who can, in a sense, make them real … The novel is transfixing and emotional, and, for booklovers, it reads like the memoir of your imagined other self.” —Rivka Galchen, Words Without Borders

The End

Fernanda Torres

$16.99 $15.63

In this deadly-funny debut novel by renowned Brazilian actress Fernanda Torres, five macho friends in Rio’s Copacabana reflect on their hedonistic glory days—now supplanted by the indignities of aging—in what turn out to be their final moments.

Temporary People

Deepak Unnikrishnan

$17.99 $16.55

"Guest workers of the United Arab Emirates embody multiple worlds and identities and long for home in a fantastical debut work of fiction, winner of the inaugural Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing.… The author's crisp, imaginative prose packs a punch, and his whimsical depiction of characters who oscillate between two lands on either side of the Arabian Sea unspools the kind of immigrant narratives that are rarely told. An enchanting, unparalleled anthem of displacement and repatriation." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

The Face: A Time Code

Ruth Ozeki

$12.99 $11.95

“Ruth Ozeki, a Zen Buddhist priest, sets herself the task of staring at her face in a mirror for three full, uninterrupted hours; her ruminations ripple out from personal and familial memories to wise and honest meditations on families and aging, race and the body.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

A Planet for Rent


$15.99 $14.71

“A Planet for Rent is the English-language debut of Yoss, one of Cuba's most lauded writers of science fiction. Translated by David Frye, these linked stories craft a picture of a dystopian future: Aliens called xenoids have invaded planet Earth, and people are looking to flee the economically and socially bankrupt remains of human civilization. Yoss' smart and entertaining novel tackles themes like prostitution, immigration and political corruption. Ultimately, it serves as an empathetic yet impassioned metaphor for modern-day Cuba, where the struggle for power has complicated every facet of society” —NPR, Best Books of 2015