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The Wandering Falcon

by Jamil Ahmad

Follows the story of refugees' son Tor Baz, who travels throughout the remote tribal regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan and witnesses the effects of extreme culture and geography on the lives of those he encounters.
FIC Ahmad
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

by Junot Diaz

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukœ-the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.
FIC Diaz  and  SP FIC Diaz
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Like Water for Chocolate

by Laura Esquivel

Despite the fact that she has fallen in love with a young man, Tita, the youngest of three daughters born to a tyrannical rancher, must obey tradition and remain single and at home to care for her mother.
FIC Esquivel  and SP FIC Esquivel
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Under the Skin

by Michel Faber

"Under the Skin" is a first novel that defies categorization, an allegory for contemporary society run amok, set in the very real beauty of the Scottish Highlands. "Michael Faber has, it can be truly said - hand on heart - a vivid and original imagination." - The Scotsman
FIC Faber
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by Joanne Harris

A young widow opens a chocolate shop in a French village, transforming its normally austere inhabitants into unabashed sensualists. The vent coincides with Lent, and the villagers' rejection of traditional self-denial angers the parish priest who declares war. 
FIC Harris
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

by Haruki Murakami

While searching for his missing wife, Japanese lawyer Toru Okada has strange experiences and meets strange characters. A woman wants phone sex, a man describes wartime torture, he finds himself at the bottom of a well. Part detective story, part philosophical meditation.
FIC Murakami
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The Tenderness of Wolves

by Stef Penney

1867. Winter had just tightened its grip o Dove River, an isolated settlement in Canada's Northern Territory, when a man is brutally murdered. A local woman, Mrs. Ross, stumbles upon the crime scene and sees tracks leading from the dead man's cabin north toward the forest and the tundra beyond. But soon she makes another discovery: Her son has disappeared and is now considered a prime suspect. A variety of outsiders are drawn to the crime and to the township - but do they want to solve the crime or exploit it? One by one, searchers set out to follow the tracks across a desolate landscape, variously seeking a murderer, a son, two sisters missing for seventeen years, and a forgotten Native American culture before the snows settle and cover the tracks of the past for good. - From publisher description.
FIC Penney
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Focuses on the brutal and dehumanizing aspects of life in a Russian concentration camp.
FIC Solzhenitsyn
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by Tim Winton

Two families marked by tragedy are thrown together in a rambling house with a past. The Lambs and the Pickles struggle with chance and bad luck in the crosscurrents of the world.
FIC Winton