International Fiction reviews

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

A confession first: shamefully I’ve not read any of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work before, but after reading The Lowland, I’ll be seeking out her Pulitzer Prize winning short-story collection, Interpreter of M

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season is set in 2059 and follows Paige Mahoney, a clairvoyant who can break into people’s minds. Since clairvoyance is punishable by death in Scion, the high-powered political and security …

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Mostly set in present-day Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians follows three incredibly wealthy, inter-married Chinese families, and let me assure you, crazy rich is an understatement. The story focuses on R…

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Enon by Paul Harding

Following the enormous success of Paul Harding’s debut novel, Tinkers (which won him a Pulitzer Prize in 2009), the literary world, and the many fans of Tinkers, have understandably been waiting with…

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

In 2006 I read and loved Marisha Pessl’s first novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, a 500-page coming-of-age story bursting with literary and pop-culture references. It was an ambitious, fascin…

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Last year we survived another tick of the zodiac, closing the Age of Pisces, and with it the reign of twinship, mirrors and hidden things. But for those caught in a nineteenth-century firmament, such…

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MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

Ten years after the release of Oryx and Crake, the final instalment of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian trilogy is here, a slow-burning and wholly immersive, chilling delight. Once again we’re thrown into…

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A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam

The blurred line between humans and animals is a familiar one, both in science and in literature. In his latest novel, Colin McAdam has vividly woven these worlds together with humour and tenderness.…

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The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

Smack beneath the buckle of Bible-Belt Missouri, the town of Arbor is populated by folk ‘God has done for, and done up good’. Alma DeGreer Dunahew, the maid, recounts to her grandson past events that…

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Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo is a tender love story that drifts with the lightness of a leaf on a stream. Subtle and touching, this is a novel about loneliness, assuaged by an unlikely romance, and broug…

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