The Road Home - Rose Tremain

The Road Home (Back Bay, $14.99) is Rose Tremain’s touching and often humorous saga about an immigrant from the former USSR—the Ukraine? Belorussia?—someplace in that cold and backward part of Europe. Lev has left his little girl with his own mother so he can go to England, partly to make a better life, partly to leave behind the grief over his recently dead wife. He takes any job he can, since he is all but destitute, and fortunately most people are kind. He finally gets a good position in an upscale restaurant where he learns how to cook. His sense of being out of place is never assuaged; he thinks often about his family and his best friend, Rudi. When he learns that a dam will drown their village, he works two jobs to save money to open his own restaurant in the new town that the dam will create.

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ISBN: 9780316002622
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 21st, 2009

Brooklyn - Colm Toibin

Set in the 1950s, Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn (Scribner, $25) follows Eilis Lacey from her small town in Ireland to the big city in America. Eilis is ambivalent about immigrating but wants to please her family. Despite an acute bout of homesickness, she at last settles into her new life at a boarding house run by an Irish woman, a job in a department store, and night classes in accounting. But when she has to return to Ireland due to a family tragedy, she finds her feelings once again in turmoil—especially regarding a choice she must make between suitors on either side of the Atlantic. Tóibín evokes the period and places in rich, full detail.

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ISBN: 9781439148952
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Published: Scribner - March 2nd, 2010

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ISBN: 9781501106477
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Published: Scribner - September 8th, 2015

The Age of Shiva - Manil Suri

Manil Suri’s rich second novel, The Age Of Shiva (W.W. Norton, $14.95), grows from the intimacy of a mother and her infant son to encompass decades of political and social upheaval in India. As he did so memorably in The Death of Vishnu, Suri gives an unsparing depiction of class differences, showing inequities at work in everything from living and sleeping arrangements to the observance—or not—of religious rituals. This story focuses on upper-class Meera, romantic, headstrong, and ironically rebellious against her progressive father, who wants her to have an education and a career, not the limited domestic life traditionally available to Indian women. Meera learns from her mistakes, but can’t undo them, and as she comes to terms with her choices and her passions, India, too, changes and moves in new directions.

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ISBN: 9780393333633
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 12th, 2009