Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani (Nigeria) 2006
A novella, 121 pages; about a young Nigerian girl sent to London and forced into prostitution by releatives. I've heard good things about this writer so I am starting with this book.
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga (India) 2009
Fiction, 336 pages; I really enjoyed The White Tiger, which won the 2008 Booker Prize, so I wanted to read more of his fiction. Adiga lives in Mumbai, his novels are set in India.
Fiction, 370 pages; follows the life of a Japanese women from Nagasaki 1945 to India and Pakistan, US, and Afghanistan post 2001.
Fiction, 260 pages; a first novel about a women with obsessive-compulsive disorder. I love finding new Aussie fiction writers. But I suspect this may be a romance more than an in-depth look at OCD.
The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Taiwan/US) 2008
Fiction, 309 pages; "a darkly comic tale of crime and contrition." Set in Taiwan.
Fiction, 133 pages; the confusing emotional lives of parents who find their own child unlovable.
Fiction, 272 pages; about a man experiencing Alzheimer's.
Last week's loot enjoyed:
The Great Lover**** by Jill Dawson, very enjoyable. Pre-WW I England, Rupert Brooke's university years and his poetry. Recommended.
The Pages***+ by Murray Bail 2009 Australia. Shortlisted for this year's Miles Franklin Award.
" A beguiling meditation on friendship and love, on men and women, on landscape and the difficulties of thought itself." A quick read of 199 pages.
I've read Murray Bail's other three novels including Homesickness and Holden's Performance and enjoyed them all. I highly recommend Eucalyptus***** by this author, which won the 1999 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
What treasures have you found at the public library?
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