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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Grouped loosely around the wealthy landowner and businessman K.K. Harouni, the eight stories in Daniyal Mueenuddin’s fascinating debut collection, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W.W. Norton, $23.95), is an upstairs/downstairs look at contemporary Pakistani society. However well off, Mueenuddin’s characters are always concerned with sheer survival, whether it’s struggling with relatives over an inheritance, paying off the right politicians, making an advantageous marriage, starting an affair, or keeping on the good side of the senior servants. Often desperate, these figures find ingenious ways to get by; some simply work hard, despite the odds, while others develop a cutthroat opportunism. Then there’s Rezak, an impoverished gardener, dying of loneliness, whose “home and consolation” is the box he lives in, a kind of house made from debris, which Rezak dismantles and carts off each time he loses a job and must move on.

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