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Seattle Picks: World Fiction

Purple Hibiscus
Purple Hibiscus By Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi (Book - 2012 ) FIC ADICHIE 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 23 on 18 copies

Annotation:From the author of "Americanah," "Purple Hibiscus" is the story of a young woman who finds respite from her oppressive home life when political upheaval sends her to live with her aunt. (Nigeria)

The Wandering Falcon
The Wandering Falcon By Ahmad, Jamil (Book - 2011 ) FIC AHMAD 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Set in the tribal borderlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan, this novel is a bleak yet fascinating story that captures the desolation of the region’s landscape. (Pakistan/Afghanistan)

Zoo City
Zoo City By Beukes, Lauren (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC BEUKES 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Urban fantasy meets cyberpunk in this crime thriller set in a parallel-universe Johannesburg. Intrepid protagonist Zinzi December searches the slums for a culprit, resulting in a personal journey of redemption as well. (South Africa)

The Planets
The Planets By Chejfec, Sergio (Book - 2012 ) FIC CHEJFEC 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this elegiac novel, the narrator explores a friendship in the streets of Buenos Aires through a series of remembered vignettes, in a time before political upheaval led to the disappearance of his friend. (Argentina)

The Tuner of Silences
The Tuner of Silences By Couto, Mia (Book - 2012 ) FIC COUTO 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Considered one of the greatest writers in the Portuguese language, Couto tells of a young African boy trying to piece together his family history despite his only living relatives’ refusal to share their memories. (Mozambique)

The Invisible Mountain
The Invisible Mountain By De Robertis, Carolina (Book - 2009 ) FIC ROBERTI 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 4 copies

Annotation:The tumultuous modern history of Uruguay is explored through the personal lives of three generations of women. A moving saga of a family and a nation, this novel is written in lush detail. (Uruguay)

Knots
Knots By Farah, Nuruddin (Book - 2007 ) FIC FARAH 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:A Canadian émigré returns to Mogadishu to reclaim her family home amidst the ruins of the devastated city. She unites with a women’s activist group to keep her house and rebuild hope for others. (Somalia)

Finding Nouf
Finding Nouf By Ferraris, Zoë (Book - 2008 ) MYSTERY FERRARI 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 12 copies

Annotation:Experience contemporary Saudi Arabia in this mystery set in the port city of Jeddah. When a young girl from an affluent family goes missing before her wedding, a family friend searches for the truth. (Saudi Arabia)

The Hired Man
The Hired Man By Forna, Aminatta (Book - 2013 ) FIC FORNA 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 7 copies

Annotation:The restoration of an old house by British expatriates in a Croatian village uncovers a dark past, exposing the legacy of a war-torn country on its people. (Croatia)

The Rainbow Troops
The Rainbow Troops By Hirata, Andrea (Book - 2013 ) FIC HIRATA 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ikal and his classmates team up to defend the only free school on their island, which has been overrun by mining interests. This charming, partially autobiographical novel will have you rooting for the little guy. (Indonesia)

The Hairdresser of Harare
The Hairdresser of Harare By Huchu, Tendai (Book - 2011 ) FIC HUCHU 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:What begins as a rivalry between two hairstylists develops into an unlikely friendship with disturbing consequences as hidden truths surface. This novel offers a vivid and engaging depiction of life in modern Zimbabwe. (Zimbabwe)

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared By Jonasson, Jonas (Book - 2012 ) FIC JONASSO 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 92 on 23 copies

Annotation:Prepare for the hilarious, upbeat and quirky adventure of a nursing home escapee whose full life has included being witness to some of the 20th century’s most momentous events. (Sweden)

Censoring An Iranian Love Story
Censoring An Iranian Love Story A Novel By Mandanīʹpūr, Shahriyār (Book - 2009 ) FIC MANDANI 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:An author struggles to write a story of forbidden love under the nose of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance—to both expose modern censorship and extol the poetic freedom of old Iran. (Iran)

Pow!
Pow! By Mo, Yan (Book - 2012 ) FIC MO 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:This offbeat postmodern satire of China is a prospective monk’s life story as he tells it to a wiser monk, mixed with his observations of events unfolding around him and his own disruptive thoughts. (China)

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf
The Sacred Book of the Werewolf By Pelevin, Viktor (Book - 2008 ) FIC PELEVIN 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Discover the seedy underbelly of Moscow in this satirical urban fantasy, which features a werefox prostitute and a werewolf KGB agent with a penchant for philosophical digressions. (Russia)

Please Look After Mom
Please Look After Mom A Novel By Sin, Kyŏng-suk (Book - 2011 ) FIC SIN 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 23 copies

Annotation:An elderly mother goes missing in a Seoul subway station, prompting her family to reflect on their past interactions with her. Were they selfishly ignorant of warning signs? (South Korea)

The Blue Fox
The Blue Fox By Sjón (Book - 2013 ) FIC SJON 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 5 copies

Annotation:Part poetry, part mystery and part fairy tale, this experimental novel by one of Iceland’s most unique artists takes you on a quest through the country’s eerie, snow-blown landscape. (Iceland)

A Complicated Kindness
A Complicated Kindness A Novel By Toews, Miriam (Book - 2004 ) FIC TOEWS 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:In rural Manitoba, a young girl struggles in a family crumbling under the repressive confines of their Mennonite community. Compelling, thought-provoking and darkly funny, this story voices teenage frustration and longing for an escape. (Canada)

The Space Between Us
The Space Between Us A Novel By Umrigar, Thrity N. (Book - 2005 ) FIC UMRIGAR 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:Bhima and Sera, two women from very different social classes, find they have much in common. Umirgar writes an evocative portrayal of life in modern Mumbai. (India)

I Am Istanbul
I Am Istanbul By Uzuner, Buket (Book - 2013 ) FIC UZUNER 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Despite its mystique, Istanbul is a modern metropolis full of ordinary people. This book comprises stories of a host of its varied inhabitants, weaving together a larger picture of the city itself. (Turkey)

The Sound of Things Falling
The Sound of Things Falling By Vásquez, Juan Gabriel (Book - 2013 ) FIC VASQUEZ 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 31 copies

Annotation:This bleak, suspenseful, yet moving account conveys how Colombia’s recent violent past has shaped one man and his family. (Colombia)

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