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This is a very good novel that captures the historical period of the 1930s in Shanghai
Half a Lifelong Romance is a story of urban families living through Chinese cultural changes that begin with traditional conservative morality and progress to collective communist values in Shanghai in the 1930s. Manzhen Gu a...
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An interesting novel of the in-country legacy of war
Time of Useful Consciousness by Jennifer Ott is an exciting novel of post-World War II Germany. The title is an interesting term in aviation that provides a powerful metaphor for describing the very difficult social/economic ...
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 A good novel about solitude in the Utah desert.
The Never-Open Desert Diner is a good first novel by James Anderson. I like stories of characters conscious of their solitude and thinking about it without running away. Ben Jones is a truck driver in Utah, driving a route th...
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In this novel, a loser is not what he appears to be.
The Ballad of a Small Player (2014) is a novel of contemporary western China, in Macau’s gilded gambling casinos. “Lord” Doyle is an expatriate barrister from London. Doyle thinks of himself as a long term loser personality a...
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 This is an excellent short novel about writing fiction and repressing memories by Patrick Modiano.
Patrick Modiano has written more than 20 novels and has received multiple awards for his writing. In 2014, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. In So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood, wonderfully translated from the Fr...
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This is a remarkable novella reminiscent of Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day (and beyond).
Joe4 is a novella by Salem that continues the author's story from his novel Black Hole Butterfly (BHB). Both books describe restricted life in a futuristic New York City. In BHB, the Naranja solar empire fought opposing speci...
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An eternal covenant explored in an interesting new novel
Shylock is My Name is a novel that describes people who covenant at many levels, deep and shallow. As in Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is a Jewish character who is complex, a contemporary term for a man ...
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 An interesting novel reminiscent of Lawrence Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet.
The Photographer’s Wife is an interesting story of characters living in tumultuous times in Jerusalem between the two World Wars. The story begins in 1920 in Jerusalem as an architect Charles Ashton develops odd plans to part...
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  This is a great new novel about cultural evolution, revolution, and the adaptation of individuals.
Calls Across the Pacific is the second novel by Zoe S. Roy that describes the lives of characters affected by China’s Maoist Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Her first very good novel, The Long March Home published in 2011, w...
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 A very good, disturbing novel of contemporary Southeast Asia. Here are resilient hearts of darkness.
A heart of darkness beats in all of us, from the social isolate to the psychopath. Most of the time, people play by the rules and mores of their societies, because it is convenient and easy to meet their desires. Their Karmas...
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A way we'll never be. Yes, Papa, the rich are very different from you and me. Great new novel by the author of The Aviator's Wife, Melanie Benjamin.
The Swans of Fifth Avenue is a novel of imagined experience, focusing on the relationship between author Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley. The “Swans” consist of Babe and her friends beginning in the 1950s who live live...
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This is an excellent first novel about early 18th Century China. Hopefully, it is the start of a very interesting series.
Jade Dragon Mountain is the first novel of Elsa Hart, and I hope to read more of her novels in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Li Du, a librarian of the Forbidden City in China exiled for his friendship ...
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