International Fiction offers you the opportunity to explore the world without leaving your most comfy chair.
When Lady Duff Gordon is forced to journey to Egyptto cure her consumption, she and her maid, Sally, fall in love with thecountry. Sally is exhilarated by therelative freedom afforded her by her new circumstances, but soon realizes that,even away from stuffy British society, freedom has limits.
In the midst of an attempted regeneration, the dying farmcommunity of Tel Inan, Israelmixes together new restaurants and galleries with run-down buildings. An aura of threatening anticipation hovers inthese loosely connected short stories that look into the disturbing behind-the-scenesstory of village life.
Ten year old Enaiat is left alone in Pakistan by his mother, in the hopes that hewill escape the cruelty of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Thus begins his five year journey through Iran, Turkey,Greece, and finally landingin Italy. Experiencing the best and worst of life,Enaiat struggles onward, never letting go of the hope of a better life.
A dedicated mother from the countryside is separated fromher rushing husband at a busy Seoulsubway station. As they search, herhusband and grown children think back on their relationships with her, herdedication and love and their lack of appreciation. This is a compelling story about a mother’slove.
Maggie Ly travels to Vietnamto try to find out anything about her father who stayed behind when she and hermother escaped to the U.S. She encounters Tu, a guide who showswesterners around Hanoi,as well as Old Man Hung, who sells pho and may have known her father. Gibb’s story is an engaging journey into newand old Vietnamand the mystery of both.
Set in 19th century India, Tiger Hill is the story ofDevi, the favored daughter and her worshipful friend, Devanna. Devi grows up to become a powerful force onher family’s coffee plantation, while Devanna studies medicine with the hopesthat they will someday be together. InTiger Hills, Mandanna has created an ambitious and engaging saga.
On his deathbed, Eduardo de Valfierno tells the story ofhow, in his youth, he and his motley crew of thieves had a daring plan to stealthe Mona Lisa. A historical mystery seepedin the ambiance of Paris,Stealing Mona Lisa mixes fiction with facts from the actual theft in 1911.
When the Harwoods left Englandfor Trinidad in 1956, George is glad for anescape to paradise from his stodgy and unsuccessful life, while Sabine hatesthe heat and humidity. Through theirstory, Roffey brings to life the history of this colonial island, full ofbeauty as well as political strife.
At the age of 7, Virginiais sent from her village and indigenous Ecuadorian family to be a servant to anacademic mestizo family. Although thismeans that she will not have to carry out the hard labor like those from hervillage, she finds that her new life includes differenttrials in the form of abuse and degradation. As she grows, she holds onto her independent spirit, which becomesabsolutely vital for this girl who isn’t sure where she belongs in the world.