Aleksandar Hemon’s compelling dual narrative, The Lazarus Project (Riverhead, $16)  focuses on the killing of Lazarus Averbuch by Chicago police in 1908, and on the efforts of a Bosnian émigré to tell Averbuch’s story a century later. Can Brik raise this Lazarus from the dead? Should he even try, or is life already too preoccupied with death? With death, violence, and paranoia, that is. The 1908 murder was part of a response to the anarchist threat (“anarchist” defined largely by a foreign accent and poverty), and parallels the post-9/11 terrorist alert. Brik’s struggle with these issues takes him to Ukraine, Averbuch’s birthplace, and, finally, to his own home, Sarajevo, a city both strange and familiar, where he feels like a ghost. Hemon is a powerful writer, and his novel is laced with wit, satire, anger, and moments of lyric grace. 

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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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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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