International Literature Book Club Picks

By The Book Bungalow

By The Book Bungalow

Arid Dreams: Stories

Duanwad Pimwana

$16.95 $15.59

thirteen stories that explore race, gender, and disillusionment in working-class Thailand . . . THAILAND

Afrotopia

Felwine Sarr

$30.00

an examination of Africa's unique communal values and landscape of traditions, culling from the works of African intellectuals, artists, and musicians . . . SENEGAL

Princess Bari

Hwang Sok-Yong

$16.00 $14.72

the story of a young girl who escapes famine and death in 1990s North Korea . . . SOUTH KOREA

Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women's Voices from the Gulag

Monika Zgustova

$25.99

an unexpectedly uplifting account of women's suffering and resilience in Stalin's forced labor camps, diligently transcribed in the kitchens and living rooms of nine survivors . . . CZECHOSLOVAKIA/RUSSIA

The Siege of Troy

Theodor Kallifatides

$14.99

Bombs fall over a Greek village during WWII, and a teacher takes her students to a cave for shelter where she tells them about another war--a unique retelling of "The Illiad."

The Book of Disappearance

Ibtisam Azem

$19.95 $18.35

What if all the Palestinians in Israel simply disappeared one day? What would happen next? How would Israelis react? These unsettling questions are posed in this powerfully imaginative novel.

Agaat

Mary Gaitskill and Marlene Van Niekerk

$18.95 $17.43

The change in the relationship between a wealthy white woman in South Africa and her Black maidservant as apartheid is done away with.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo

$18.00 $16.56

A bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near Mumbai, India.

On Fragile Waves

E Lily Yu

$25.95 $23.87

The haunting story of an Afghan family of dreamers and tale tellers looking for home in an unwelcoming world.

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World

Laura Imai Messina

$25.00 $23.00

When a Japanese woman loses both her mother and daughter in the tsunami of March 11, 2011, grief takes hold of her life but she finds solace by speaking to her lost loved ones using an old phone booth in a man's garden.

When the Apricots Bloom: A Novel of Riveting and Evocative Fiction

Gina Wilkinson

$16.99 $15.63

Huda, Rania, and Ally provide a glimpse into the world of Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein. Their lives are so different, and yet common bonds create a friendship that withstands the distrust and paranoia that pervades the dictator's rule.

Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro

$28.00 $25.76

From her place in the store that sells artificial friends in a future world, Klara--an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities--watches carefully in hopes that a customer will soon choose her. In this luminous tale, Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro explores a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Madeleine Thien

$16.95 $15.59

Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations--those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square.

The Girl with Seven Names

Hyeonseo Lee

$17.99 $16.55

Twelve years after escaping from North Korea, a young woman returns to the border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea. A credible and eloquent account of ordinary life in North Korea under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships.

Mao's Last Dancer

Li Cunxin

$17.00

The international bestselling memoir of a world-renowned artist's defection from China to America.

Bride of the Sea

Eman Quotah

$16.95 $15.59

When their marriage ends, Muneer returns to Saudi Arabia, while Saeedah remains in Cleveland with their daughter. Before long, her fear of losing their child leads her to think that they have no choice but to hide.

Cathedral

Ben Hopkins

$28.00 $25.76

The design and construction of the cathedral in the Rhineland town of Hagenburg in the 12th and 13th centuries unites a vast array of unforgettable characters whose fortunes are inseparable from shifting political factions and economic interests vying for supremacy. A plot-rich, historical page turner.

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

$18.00 $16.56

The story of Count Alexander Rostov, deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by the Bolsheviks and sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel. Now confined to an attic room, he is given a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

My Grandmother's Braid

Alina Bronsky

$17.00 $15.64

A family story that takes place in Germany, told through a young boy's eyes and full of irony, subtle humor, and fascinating characters.

The River Within

Karen Powell

$24.00 $22.08

A tragic drowning in a river in North Yorkshire, England in 1955 becomes a mystery and gradually the river gives up its secrets, threatening to destroy everyone's plans for the future and, ultimately, their way of life.

A Winter's Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet

Christelle Dabos

$11.95 $10.99

Book One in a steampunk YA fantasy quartet by a bestselling French author. Long ago, following the Rupture, the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands, now known as arks. Over each, the spirit of an omnipotent and immortal ancestor abides, and each inhabitant possesses a unique power. Ophelia uses her ability to read the pasts of objects as she navigates this fantastic, disjointed, perilous world.

Tonight Is Already Tomorrow

Lia Levi

$18.00 $16.56

Set in Genoa, Italy in the years of fascism and racial laws, the story follows a would-be genius son, a disappointed, regretful mother, a wise but irresolute father, an eccentric grandfather and nosy uncles and cousins who are always coming and going as they face oncoming certain persecution.

A Beast in Paradise

Cรฉcile Coulon

$17.00 $15.64

Blanche grows up with her grandmother in Paradise, her isolated farm in France, and ends up choosing the farm over her first love, Alexandre, when he moves to the city to pursue him ambitions. Years later, he returns, ingratiating himself back into her life, but all is not what it seems and Blanche must do anything she can to protect Paradise.

Air of Solitude Followed by Requiem

Gustave Roud

$21.50

in this two-part work, the author, living on his grandfather's farm, tries to piece together the past and the present, contemplating rural bodies and a male laborer of the Vaudois . . . SWITZERLAND

Sickle

Ruth Lillegraven

$21.00

a lyrical novel about a 19th century love in Norway . . . NORWAY

River of Fire

Qurratulain Hyder

$19.95 $18.35

considered the most important work of 20th century Urdu fiction, this book follows four central characters over the course of two millenia in India . . . INDIA

The Remainder

Alia Trabucco Zerรกn

$16.95 $15.59

three friends in modern-day Santiago take a road trip across the Andes, confronting generations of family pain and the legacy of Chile's dictatorship . . . CHILE

The Odyssey of an Apple Thief

Moishe Rozenbaumas

$24.95

the author traces his Lithuanian boyhood, his years in Europe and Central Asia, his escape from Soviet Russia and the new life he builds in Paris . . . LITHUANIA

Fu Ping

Anyi Wang

$21.60

an orphaned girl set for an arranged marriage discovers the bustle of Shanghai in the early years of the People's Republic of China, growing ever resistant to life as a countryside wife . . . CHINA

A Devil Comes to Town

Paolo Maurensig

$14.99 $13.79

the Devil shows up in a village of egotistical writers, claiming to be a big-time publisher . . . ITALY

Bom Boy

Yewande Omotoso

$15.00 $13.80

Leke--a troubled young man liing in Cape Town--tries to break a family curse . . . SOUTH AFRICA