International Fiction reviews

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

In Olive, Again, Elizabeth Strout returns to the familiar territory of Olive Kitteridge, the titular character of her 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and arguably the author’s most memorable creati…

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Beyond the Sea by Paul Lynch

Bolivar, an experienced, albeit aging, fisherman of meagre means and scant ambition in an unnamed South American seaside location, sets off with the inexperienced, teenaged Hector against conventiona…

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern’s award-winning debut novel The Night Circus is one of those wonderful books that swallows you whole, rendering the world of a magical carnival in such vivid prose that you can almos…

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Girl by Edna O’Brien

Edna O’Brien began her sixty-year career as a novelist writing books about young women’s lives in conservative post-war Ireland, and made a name for herself as a frank communicator of their inner liv…

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The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates has been a correspondent for the Atlantic and among his bestselling works of nonfiction is Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award. Coates is also the current aut…

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The Eighth Life (For Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili

The Eighth Life is the saga of a Georgian family – its intricate, interconnected lives, its losses, triumphs, sadnesses, and great loves, set against the sweep of Russian history across the twentieth…

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The Offing by Benjamin Myers

I found it difficult to choose the right superlative to describe Benjamin Myers’ The Offing. I’d been mulling it over for a while and the word I chose is ‘wonderful’. And I mean it in the truest sens…

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Grand Union by Zadie Smith

There are few things more exciting to me than new writing by the literary goddess-tier author Zadie Smith. Her latest offering, Grand Union, brings together nineteen short stories set across differen…

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is indisputably one of the greatest storytellers of our time and her eighth novel, The Dutch House, is an undeniable joy to read. I recommend settling into this novel. It starts slowly b…

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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Twenty years ago Stephen Chbosky wrote a YA novel called The Perks of Being A Wallflower, which he made into a successful film in 2012. Be fairly warned, Imaginary Friend is not YA. This is horror, a…

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