The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell

The orphaned nephew of a pastor, Jacob de Zoet is an earnest and naïve clerk with the Dutch East Indies Company. As he arrives on the tiny island of Dejima off the coast of Japan, his goals are two-fold: to prove his worth to his intended’s father and to wipe clean the corruption rampant in the Company. While the Europeans are strictly isolated from the Japanese population, Jacob nonetheless falls in love with a Japanese midwife, Orito, and her story widens the plot into a suspenseful saga of power and passion. David Mitchell is a spellbinding author and The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet (Random House, $15), like Jacob himself, is an endearing creation.

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ISBN: 9780812976366
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 8th, 2011

The Surrendered - Chang-rae Lee

The Surrendered begins forcefully, revealing the traumatic suffering inflicted on children attempting to flee the advancing war in Korea. Throughout the novel—over the course of the century— Chang-rae Lee explores the residual impact of the lingering loss and emotional damage for three principal characters: a young girl, a missionary, and a soldier. As it did with Franklin and Henry in A Gesture Life and Native Speaker, respectively, the past continues to restrict June, Sophie, and Hector, and prevents them from fully engaging with those to whom they long to relate. A grippingly powerful and tragically beautiful story, this is Lee’s most evocative and compelling book yet.

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ISBN: 9781594485015
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2011

The Line - Olga Grushin

What would be worth organizing your entire life around for the slimmest chance of success? In Brezhnev-era Russia, a rumor spreads that the celebrated composer Selinsky is returning from the West for a single concert. Waiting for endless months in the faint hope of obtaining a precious ticket powerfully affects the lives of one family and those they meet while standing in The Line. As in The Dream Life of Sukhanov, Olga Grushin here reveals her gift for emotive and beautiful language. This time she evokes the mood of the Thaw, with its cautious hope and lingering suspicion, its artistic appreciation, and its harsh and sometimes brutal pragmatism.

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ISBN: 9780143118558
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011