Left mostly to her own devices, six-year-old Aasha spends her days lurking in the shadows, bearing witness to the astonishing goings-on in the Big House on Kingfisher Lane. That’s how she knows the true circumstances surrounding her grandmother Paati’s mysterious death, the real reason why her suddenly-distant older sister Uma can’t wait to leave for Columbia University, and why the servant girl, Chellam, once her only ally, is being banished from the family’s home. Set against the sweeping backdrop of post-colonial Malaysia, Preeta Samarasan’s extraordinary debut novel, Evening Is The Whole Day (Mariner, $13.95), uses a fresh, lyrical voice to paint a poignant, intimate portrait of a troubled family.

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ISBN: 9780547237893
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Published: Mariner Books - May 12th, 2009

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

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