All books shelved in fiction alphabetically by author's last name.
Afghanistan A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in wartorn Kabul, incurring losses over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.
Algeria The Stranger by Albert Camus
Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd."
Antigua Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre
Vacationing at a posh tennis resort in Antigua, Perry and Gail are recruited by big-time Russian money launderer Dima to help him defect, an arrangement for which Dima promises to expose financial corruption but renders the hapless couple pawns in a deadly international scheme.
Argentina Perla by Carolina De Robertis
Set in Buenos Aires, this is a coming-of-age story about a young woman who makes a devastating discovery about her origins with the help of an enigmatic houseguest.
Armenia The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Presents the parallel stories of a young woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier while aiding victims of the Armenian genocide in the early twentieth century, and a young woman who researches her Armenian heritage and discovers a terrible family secret.
Australia Mutant Message From Forever by Marlo Morgan
An aboriginal woman, raised in an Australian orphanage, goes to the desert after a series of tragedies & finds there a spiritual enlightenment that drives her to seek her long-lost twin brother, adopted by an American family.
Austria The Little Book by Selden Edwards
The exiled scion of a prominent Boston family, forty-seven-year-old Wheeler Burden is living in 1988 San Francisco until he is mysteriously transported to fin de siáecle Vienna, a city that he finds strangely familiar, where he finds a mentor in Sigmund Freud.
Bangladesh The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
Presents a novel of life in modern India, chronicling the interwoven journey of an American marine biologist and a Delhi businessman who travel to the remote Sundarban islands.
Belgium The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Interweaves historical fact with fiction to explore the mystery behind the creation of the remarkable Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, woven at the end of the fifteenth century, which today hang in the Cluny Museum in Paris.
Botswana The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
Working in Gaborone, Botswana, Precious Ramotswe investigates several local mysteries, including a search for a missing boy and the case of the doctor with different personalities for different days of the week. MYSTERY
Brazil Memoir From an Antproof Case by Mark Helprin
An elderly American living in Brazil reminisces about his various lives as World War II ace, multimillionaire investment banker, insane asylum inmate, thief, murderer, lover, and protector of the innocent.
Cambodia In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Her life of privilege in Cambodia shattered by the outbreak of civil war on the streets of Phnom Penh, young Raami endures four years of loss, starvation, and brutal forced labor while clinging to memories of the legends and poems told to her by her father.
Canada Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell
Out of prison, Theo Mykolayenkos tirelessly clears his untamed land on the 1938 Canadian prairie and begins to heal himself and his family, but when his sister's rogue husband returns, he stirs up rancor that will end in tragedy.
Chile The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero
Meeting a dying Pablo Neruda at a party in 1970s Chile, rogue Cayetano Brulé is recruited to help Neruda solve a last great mystery, prompting a whirlwind expedition across the world before Brulé encounters Neruda's hidden agenda and the elements of Pinochet's coup as they impact the poet's final days.
China Under Fishbone Clouds by Sam Meekings
Challenged by the Jade Emperor to gain understanding about the human heart, the Kitchen God observes the relationship between Jinyi and his wife, Yuying, from their early romance through old age, a love that is shaped by the Cultural Revolution and other challenges.
Congo The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The family of an evangelical Baptist missionary begins to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Belgian Congo, where they find their lives forever transformed over the course of 3 decades by the political and social upheaval of Africa.
Cuba The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Santiago is a Cuban fisherman who encounters a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream and the battle for his catch becomes one of survival against a band of marauding sharks.
Denmark The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Chief detective Carl Mrck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician.
Dominican Republic In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
On November 25, 1960, three sisters are found assassinated after visiting their husbands, jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The sisters became martyrs, known as "Las Mariposas." They had a fourth sister who lives, and Alvarez tells the story of the sisters, framed by the surviving sister.
Egypt Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Peabody, intrepid archaeologist, returns to the Nile with her Egyptologist husband Emerson and their entourage to track down a brilliant & dashing criminal wreaking havoc among the excavations.
England White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Set in post-war London, this novel of the racial, political, and social upheaval of the last half-century follows 2 families--the Joneses & the Iqbals, outsiders from within the former British empire--making their way in modern England.
France The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst
In 1939 Paris, the murder of an Italian political émigré by OVRA, Mussolini's secret police, brings new danger to his successor, Carlo Weisz, who finds himself the target of OVRA, MI6, Stalin's NKVD, and Hitler's Gestapo.
Germany Give Me Back My Legions! by Harry Turtledove
While a politician battles on the Roman frontier to subdue barbarian invaders, a Cherusci prince practices the arts of Roman war and policy in order to bring vital information back to Germany, in a tale inspired by the historic Battle of the Teutoberg Forest.
Greece Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst
A tale set in World War II Macedonia finds senior police official Costa Zannis working with a resistance cell and secret operatives from various European regions to organize an escape route from Berlin to neutral Turkey.
Haiti Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
When a vibrant 7-year-old disappears from her Haitian community at the same time her father agonizingly decides to give her up so that she can have a better life, an ensuing search reveals the painful stories of neighbors whose lives the child touched.
Iceland Independent People by Halldor Laxness
In an epic set in Iceland in the early 20th century, Gudbjartur Jonsson buys his own croft after 18 years of service to the local bailiff, and brings his wife and his small flock of sheep there to build a new, independent life for himself.
India Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga
Refusing to leave his home when a powerful real-estate developer offers to buy out the residents of a crumbling apartment complex near the infamous Dharavi slums, a retired schoolteacher becomes a target of violence by the developer and his own neighbors.
Iran The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
After her father dies without leaving her with a dowry, a seventeenth-century Persian teen becomes a servant to her wealthy rug designer uncle in the court of Shah Abbas the Great, where her weaving talents prove both a blessing and curse.
Ireland Quentins by Maeve Binchy
While filming a documentary about Quentins, a famed Dublin restaurant, Ella Brady explores the changing face and spirit of the city from the 1970s to the present day as she captures the stories of the people and events who have made Quentins a center of their lives.
Israel Don’t Call it Night by Amos Oz
Set in a small Israeli settlement in the desert during the summer of 1989, follows the difficult romance between a 60-year-old engineer and a schoolteacher 15 years his junior.
Italy The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon
Having not seen each other for forty years, Miranda and Adam unexpectedly reunite in Rome--where they once spent a summer deeply in love--and agree to spend the afternoons taking walks together, bringing each other up to date & reviewing the betrayal that drove them apart.
Jamaica The Long Song by Andrea Levy
A tale inspired by the years before and after nineteenth-century Jamaica's emancipation finds the willful slave Miss July moving into her mistress's great house, where she becomes a valuable confidante, learns to read, and witnesses the Baptist War.
Japan The Floating Girl by Sujata Massey
Anticipating a successful interview with a hot new comic book artist, columnist Rei Shimura turns sleuth when the artist goes missing and the artist's best friend turns up dead, in a mystery that takes Shimura from the world of Tokyo strip bars to frenzied animation conventions.
Kenya The Clouds Beneath the Sun by Mackenzie Ford
In 1961 Kenya, archaeologist Natalie Nelson falls in love with the son of the excavating team's leader, an affair that turns dangerous when she must give evidence in a trial that could spark even more violence and turmoil in the surrounding area.
Mexico Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Working in a Mexican taco shop while dreaming of the father who left their family to work in the U.S., 19-year-old Nayeli struggles with a realization that most of the men in her village have left to pursue work in the north.
Morocco Lulu in Marrakech by Diane Johnson
Attempting to rekindle a romance with a worldly Englishman as part of a cover-up for her assignment with the CIA, Lulu Sawyer finds the delicate balance between her public and covert worlds disintegrating when she attempts to aid two Middle Eastern women.
Netherlands Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
In Amsterdam in the 1630s, a young wife escapes her stifling marriage to an older man into the arms of the artist who is hired to paint their portrait.
New Zealand The Colour by Rose Tremain
An epic of life in New Zealand during the 19th century explores the relationship between two newlyweds as they encounter the harsh realities of their chosen home in the South Pacific.
Nigeria Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in an Igbo village.
Norway Phantom by Jo Nesbo
Determined to prove the innocence of a young man he helped raise, disgraced former cop Harry embarks on an increasingly dangerous investigation linked to Oslo's most virulent street drug.
Pakistan The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi
Zaki Shirazi, a young Pakistani in a household dominated by his mother and grandmother, is close to his female cousin, Samar Api, but while Samar's reckless teenage behavior brings consequences for her, Zaki is free to explore the world, only later reflecting on the true meaning of happiness.
Peru Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
Set in an isolated, rundown community in the Peruvian Andes, a part mystery, part political allegory follows a series of disappearances that involve the Shining Path guerrillas and a local couple who performs Dionysian sacrifices.
Philippines When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
In the final weeks of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, three different Filipino narrators recount the experiences of a people desperately struggling in the midst of the horrors of war.
Poland The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandburg
A U.S. release of a winner of the August, Sweden's most important literary award follows the World War II tale of Jewish ghetto director Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, who in an ambitious effort to render the ghetto an invaluable industrial complex makes compromises that have extraordinary consequences.
Portugal Raised From the Ground by Jose Saramago
Documents the changing fortunes of the Mau-Tempo family--poor, landless peasants living in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal, during a time of political strife.
Puerto Rico Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago
Drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leâon, Ana Cubillas becomes involved with enamored twin brothers Ramâon and Inocente before convincing them to claim a sugar plantation they have inherited.
Romania Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen
To escape her hateful brother, Georgie Rannoch, penniless and 34th in line to the throne, accepts an invitation from the queen to represent the royals at a Transylvanian wedding in a macabre castle, only to find the bride with a bloody chin, a guest poisoned and murderous mystery in the air.
Russia Apricot Jam and Other Stories by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
In a series of stories written after the Nobel Prize-winning author's return from exile to Russia, and published now for the first time in English, the author explores both Soviet and post-Soviet life.
Rwanda Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
Rendered a confidant and supportive friend for her willingness to listen to her neighbors in genocide-stricken Rwanda, baker Angel Tungaraza provides decadent confections and transforming counsel to a series of troubled customers.
Saudi Arabia Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
Stumbling upon the drowned body of Nouf, the teenage daughter of a prominent, wealthy Saudi Arabian family, Nayir, a desert guide hired by her family to search for her, feels compelled to discover what really happened to her.
Scotland Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith
In a retelling of an ancient Celtic myth about Angus, the god of love, youth, and beauty and a trickster who turns one's romantic dreams upside down, five young men named Angus parallel the god's story as they search for true love.
Sierra Leone Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna
A young West African woman, who has been living in England for years and is married to a British man, returns to visit her family after years of civil war and receives an extraordinary look into the lives of the women in her family over the past century as they deal with a patriarchal society, religious strife, romantic rivalry, repression, corruption., and other turmoil.
Singapore Half Life by Roopa Farooki
Abandoning her privileged life in England and husband of less than a year, Aruna Ahmed returns to her native Singapore, where she remembers the death of her father, her failed relationship with her best friend and a complicated psychological diagnosis she has tried to ignore.
South Africa Absolution by Patrick Flanery
In modern-day South Africa, Clare Walde tells the story of her sister's death and the disappearance of her daughter during apartheid twenty years earlier.
South Korea Please Look After My Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
An American release of an award-winning South Korean best-seller follows the efforts of a family to find the mother who went missing from Seoul Station and their sobering realizations when they recall memories that suggest she may not have been happy.
Spain The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Offered a career-making writing deal from an enigmatic publisher in turbulent 1960s Barcelona, David Martâin wonders about his capacity for writing a book for which the publisher claims others will live and die.
Sri Lanka Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
A forensic pathologist returns to Sri Lanka--after 15 years abroad--to assist in identifying victims of the country's civil war.
Sudan What Is the What by Dave Eggers
A biographical novel traces the story of Valentino Achak Deng, who as a boy of seven was separated from his family when his village in southern Sudan was attacked by government helicopters and became one of the estimated 17,000 "lost boys of Sudan" before relocating from a Kenyan refugee camp to Atlanta in 2001.
Sweden The Shadow Girls by Henning Mankell
Ordered by his editor to write a crime novel to reignite his stalled career, poet Jesper Humlin reluctantly travels to Gothenburg, where three unlikely pupils of an impromptu writing workshop draw him into their culturally driven, compelling worlds.
Switzerland Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
Recounts the holiday of Edith Hope, meek, unmarried, and thirty-nine, who, on the mend from a disastrous love affair, becomes intimately involved with her fellow guests at the Swiss Hotel du Lac.
Thailand Tattoo by John Burdett
When the mutilated body of a CIA agent is discovered in District 8 and the killer appears to be a local working girl, Sonchai searches for the truth amid a cover-up orchestrated by his boss, PC Vikorn.
Turkey The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
In an hilarious novel set on an overland journey across Turkey, the narrator encounters sorcerers, cops, and southern evangelists as she and her companion travel from Istanbul to Trebizond on a tourist adventure.
Ukraine Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
A young writer travels to eastern Europe, where he embarks on a quest to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis, and, guided by his young Ukrainian translator, he discovers an unexpected past that will resonate far into the future.
United Arab Emirates Layover in Dubai by Dan Fesperman
Corporate auditor Sam Keller finds himself surrounded by Dubai's underworld violence in the wake of a colleague's murder and turns for help to unlikely detective Anwar Sharaf, a partnership that tests the dark regions of each man's heart.
Uruguay The Invisible Mountain by Carolina de Robertis
Follows the story of three generation of women of the Firielli family as they search for love and identity during the tumultuous political events of twentieth-century Uruguay.
Vatican City The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
When a body is found beneath Michelangelo's dome, Gabriel Allon is summoned to secretly investigate the death that has been ruled a suicide--a case that brings about an unthinkable act of sabotage.
Vietnam The Zenith by Thu Huong Duong
A reimagining of the final months of President Ho Chi Minh recounts his imprisonment in an isolated mountaintop compound where his story is entwined with those of his wife's brother-in-law, an elder in a small village town, and a close friend and political ally.
Wales The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
During World War II, forbidden romance blossoms between Esther Evans, daughter of a Welsh shepherd, and Karsten Simmering, a troubled young German POW, who questions what he has been fighting for.
Zambia The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell
Arriving in newly independent Zambia in the hopes of fulfilling a friend's missionary dream, Hans Olofson endeavors to make Africa his home while struggling with such past demons as his father's alcoholism and a friend's accident.
Zimbabwe Those Who Love Night by Wessel Ebersohn
A follow-up to The October Killings finds South African Justice Department lawyer Abigail Bukala discovering that her secret cousin, a Harare Seven activist, has been arrested with his comrades and is being held in a notorious Zimbabwe prison.