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2017 Books for the Holidays: Global Fiction

Gain a broader perspective by reading books by authors from around the world! Even if you can’t travel for the holidays, escape into stories by acclaimed international authors.

Check out all our 2017 holiday lists here.

  1. 1

    Human Acts

    In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre.

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  2. 2

    Refuge: A Novel

    The moving lifetime relationship between a father and a daughter, seen through the prism of global immigration and the contemporary refugee experience.

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  3. 3

    Hum If You Don’t Know the Words

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  4. 4

    The Red-Haired Woman

    From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red, a fable of fathers and sons and the desires that come between them. A beguiling mystery tale of family and romance, of east and west, tradition and modernity, by one of the great storytellers of our time.

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  5. 5

    The Windfall

    A heartfelt comedy of manners, Diksha Basu’s debut novel unfolds the story of a family discovering what it means to “make it” in modern India.

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  6. 6

    Rich People Problems

    Kevin Kwan is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

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    Men Without Women

    Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

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    What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

    A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.

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    How I Became a North Korean

    Transporting the reader to one of the least-known and most threatening environments in the world, and exploring how humanity persists even in the most desperate circumstances, How I Became a North Korean is a brilliant and essential first novel by Krys Lee.

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  10. 10

    Things We Lost in the Fire

    In these wildly imaginative, devilishly daring tales of the macabre, internationally bestselling author Mariana Enriquez brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and legions of desaparecidos loom large in the collective memory.

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    The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

    The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.

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    Out in the Open

    A searing dystopian vision of a young boy’s flight through an unnamed, savaged country, searching for sanctuary and redemption—a debut novel from one of Europe’s bestselling literary stars.

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    Home Fire

    The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.

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    Set in the backlands of Jamaica, Augustown is a magical and haunting novel of one woman’s struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.

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    The Lucky Ones

    A prismatic tale of a group of characters who emerge and recede throughout the novel and touch one another’s lives in ways even they cannot comprehend, The Lucky Ones captures the intensity of life in Colombia as paramilitaries, guerrillas, and drug traffickers tear the country apart.

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    Everything Belongs to Us

    In this sweeping yet intimate debut, Yoojin Grace Wuertz details four intertwining lives that are rife with turmoil and desire, private anxieties and public betrayals, dashed hopes and broken dreams—while a nation moves toward prosperity at any cost.

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  17. 17

    Stay with Me

    This celebrated, unforgettable first novel was shortlisted for the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction. Set in Nigeria, Stay With Me gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage–and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

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