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In Foreign Lands

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The Lover

Marguerite Duras


Two outcast lovers at the end of the colonial period in Indochina

In The Time of the Butterflies

Julia Alvarez

Dominican Republic

Story of “Las Mariposas”, four sisters who became leading opponents of the Trujillo dictatorship.

The Syringa Tree

Pamela Gien

South Africa

Two families in South Africa under apartheid—a popular off-Broadway play was based on this story of interracial bonds.

Oscar & Lucinda

Peter Carey


Eccentric, larger than life characters populate this Booker Prize winning story of the Victorian age-- Aussie style.

Miss New India

Bharati Mukherjee


Young woman  from small traditional village to teaming urban city in a tale of the cultural, social and economic changes in the New India.

Tiger Hills

Sarita Mandanna


Saga of love, family and duty set in a changing India.

The Crocodile

Maurizio De Giovanni

Naples, Italy

Italian policeman engages in a battle of wits with brutal serial killer in Neapolitan underworld.

State of Wonder

Ann Patchett

Brazilian Amazon

Research scientists involved with big pharmaceutical encounter death, intrigue and harrowing conditions in the jungle.

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Kiran Desai


Humor, magic and outrageous characters abound in this story of life, love and family.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith

Botswana, Africa

The author’s love song to Botswana and its people in the form of a light mystery with irresistible characters.  

Ines of My Soul

Isabel Allende


Fiery love affair between war hero Pedro de Valdivia and Ines Suarez as they build the city of Santiago, warring against the indigenous population.

Pearl of China

Anchee Min


Fictional account of friendship between author Pearl Buck and young Chinese girl.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

David Mitchell


Tale of the clash of pleasure, profit and propriety set in the Japanese Empire with a Dutch clerk and Japanese midwife.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Love and a flight for survival set in 1960s Africa in country on the verge of revolution.


Soul Mountain

Gao Xingjian


Nobel prize winning author weaves a tale of an epic voyage to a mythic mountain to flee repression-full of memorable characters, traditions, legends and landscapes.


Ha Jin


National Book Award winning title-tale of love impacted by Party dictates, ancient ties of tradition and custom.

The Orphan Master’s Son

Adam Johnson

North Korea

Pulitzer Prize winning title explores hidden life in closed society through a story part thriller, part innocence lost, part romantic love.

Running the Rift

Naomi Benaron


Young runner dreams of winning Olympic Gold but must face the horrific crimes occurring in his country.

The Little Paris Bookshop

Nina George


Owner of a floating bookstore on the Seine prescribes books to ease life’s hardships, but will he fix his own heart?

The Paris Winter

Imogen Robertson


A dark tale in the city of light as a young artist discovers deception beneath an elegant façade in the Belle Epoque.

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