International Fiction reviews

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It’s 1983 and the night of the Riva family’s annual end-of-summer party. Anyone who is anyone will be stepping through the doors of supermodel Nina Riva’s beachside Malibu mansion. Every year, epic t…

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Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Having just diagnosed himself with every illness in his medical textbook, and feeling generally run down by the grind of the city, the narrator of Three Men in a Boat convinces his friends, George an…

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

It’s no secret that publishing has a diversity problem. The conversation around how this majority-White industry can meaningfully diversify its workforce is long overdue. The issue is finally getting…

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Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber

Admit it. You’re a little bit curious. If a book, fiction or otherwise, offers you the secrets of happiness you’d want to know what it’s selling. Equipped with such a tantalising title and fond respe…

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Fault Lines by Emily Itami

Mizuki is a square peg in a round hole. Despite her efforts to break the mould, she finds herself cast as a Japanese housewife and mother of two. She loves her kids, but needs more from life than cra…

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Animal by Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women caused a sensation when it was released in 2019 and became something of an instant classic. Her exhaustive research project gave readers access to the intimate details of he…

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The Republic of False Truths by Alaa Al Aswany

Due to his outspoken criticism of various Egyptian regimes, novelist Alaa Al Aswany has been forced to leave his country. Exile has not silenced him though. In his new book, The Republic of False Tru

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Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Mieko Kawakami is a rising star in the international literary world, revered for her stark prose and unflinching exploration of emotional discomfort, while displaying a deep sensitivity to her charac…

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With Teeth by Kristen Arnett

‘With Teeth’ is an unusual title, similar in tone to that of Kristen Arnett’s debut novel, Mostly Dead Things. The teeth of this title are a recurring motif throughout, and without revealing spoilers…

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Stone Fruit by Lee Lai

Lee Lai’s Stone Fruit finds queer couple Bron and Ray at a turning point in their relationship, but the Tuesdays they spend looking after Ray’s six-year-old niece Nessie provide a cherished respite. …

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