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She Will Build Him a City

by Raj Kamal Jha Bloomsbury Publishing (February 26, 2015)

SHORTLISTED FOR THE DSC PRIZE FOR SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE

As night falls in Delhi a mother spins tales from her past for her sleeping daughter. Her now grown-up child is a puzzle with a million pieces whom she...


Genocide of One: A Thriller

by Kazuaki Takano & Philip Gabriel Mulholland Books (December 02, 2014)

The internationally bestselling, award-winning Japanese thriller about a child who may be the future of the human race--or the cause of its extinction.

During a briefing in Washington D.C., the President is...


French Concession

by Xiao Bai Harper (July 07, 2015)

An acclaimed Chinese writer makes his English language debut with this heart-stopping literary noir, a richly atmospheric tale of espionage and international intrigue, set in Shanghai in 1931—an electrifying,...


Confessions

by Kanae Minato & Stephen Snyder Mulholland Books (August 19, 2014)

Her pupils murdered her daughter. Now she will have her revenge.

After calling off her engagement in the wake of a tragic revelation, Yuko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old...


No Country: A Novel

by Kalyan Ray Simon & Schuster (June 17, 2014)

“A novel as easy to read as the latest bestseller, No Country is a rousing adventure made up out of the blood and guts and dreams of people on three continents and nearly 150 years of troubled history” (Alan...


Call to Arms

by Lu Xun Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

Call to Arms is a collection of revolutionary Chinese writer Lu Xun’s most famous and most important short stories. Featuring “A Madman’s Diary,” a scathing attack of traditional Confucian civilization...


Between the Assassinations

by Aravind Adiga Free Press (June 09, 2009)

Welcome to Kittur, India. It's on India's southwestern coast, bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Kaliamma River to the south and east. It's blessed with rich soil and scenic beauty, and it's been...


The Republic of Wine: A Novel

by Mo Yan & Howard Goldblatt Arcade (January 23, 2012)

In this hypnotic epic novel, Mo Yan, the most critically acclaimed Chinese writer of this generation, takes us on a journey to a conjured province of contemporary China known as the Republic of Wine—a corrupt...


One Man's Bible

by Gao Xingjian HarperCollins (March 17, 2009)

One Man's Bible is a fictionalized account of Gao Xingjian's life under the Chinese Communist regime. Daily life is riddled with paranoia and fear, and government propaganda turns citizens against one another....


My Days

by R. K. Narayan Ecco (July 30, 2013)

"I am inclined to call this the last chapter, but how can an autobiography have a final chapter? At best, it can only be a penultimate one; nor can it be given a rounded-off conclusion, as is possible in a work...


Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather

by Gao Xingjian HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

These six stories by Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian transport the reader to moments where the fragility of love and life, and the haunting power of memory, are beautifully unveiled. In "The Temple," the narrator's...


Oleander Girl: A Novel

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Simon & Schuster (March 19, 2013)

Beloved bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Abraham Verghese as a “gifted storyteller” and by People magazine as a “skilled cartographer of the heart.” Now, Divakaruni returns...


Kiku's Prayer: A Novel

by Shusaku Endo & Van C. Gessel Columbia University Press (December 18, 2012)

Endo Shusaku was a renowned twentieth-century Japanese author who wrote from the unusual perspective of being both Japanese and Catholic. His work is often compared to that of Graham Greene, who himself considered...


The Bathing Women: A Novel

by Tie Ning, Hongling Zhang & Jason Sommer Scribner (October 09, 2012)

From an award-winning and bestselling Chinese author, this stunningly original novel captures the spirit of a new generation of young professionals in contemporary China.

From award-winning and bestselling Chinese...


The Nine-Eyed Agate: Poems and Stories

by Jangbu & Heather Stoddard Lexington Books (August 04, 2010)

The Nine-Eyed Agate is an overview of poetry and prose written between 1984 and 2002 by one of Tibet's most well known contemporary authors and intellectuals, Jangbu. Illustrated by his original sketches and...


The Scent of God

by Saikat Majumdar S&S India (January 22, 2019)

In an elite all-boys’ boarding school run by a Hindu monastic order in late-twentieth century India, things aren’t what they look like on the surface…

Anirvan, a young student, is fascinated by the music...


City of Ash and Red

by Hye-young Pyun & Sora Kim-Russell Arcade (November 06, 2018)

NAMED AN NPR GREAT READ OF 2018

From the Shirley Jackson Award–winning author of The Hole, a Kafkaesque tale of crime and punishment hailed by Korea’s Wall Street Journal as “an airtight masterpiece.”...


Her Fugitive Heart

by Adi Tantimedh Atria/Leopoldo & Co. (April 23, 2019)

The Ravi PI series comes to its exciting conclusion with newlywed Ravi Chandra Singh and the secret agency Golden Sentinels having to save themselves from going under after the sudden arrest of their mysterious...


Swerving to Solitude

by Keki N. Daruwalla S&S India (August 21, 2018)

A young Seema discovers a cache of letters and papers in a locker belonging to her deceased mother. Besides chronicling her far-roving life across Canada, USA, Mexico, and India, these offer a glimpse into her...


The Nine-Chambered Heart

by Janice Pariat The Borough Press (May 17, 2018)

‘Superb. She had me at page one’

Chris Cleave, author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven

‘It’s the artful pleating of this subtle, psychologically astute novel that sets it apart’ DAILY MAIL

The kaleidoscopic...


All the Lives We Never Lived

by Anuradha Roy Atria Books (November 20, 2018)

“[Roy’s] mastery of detail ties an intimate domestic drama to national history, offering a portrait of one family’s troubles with desire and loss that speaks to the more universal struggles for personal...


Ponti

by Sharlene Teo Simon & Schuster (September 04, 2018)

An award-winning fiction debut about the value of friendships in present-day Singapore—a surprising and powerful portrait of Asia that shows the unique blend of modern and traditional cultures coming together—for...


The End of the Moment We Had

by Toshiki Okada & Sam Malissa Pushkin Press (March 29, 2018)

Two brilliant, multi-layered stories from the winner of the Kenzaburo Oe Prize: part of our Japanese novella series, showcasing the best contemporary Japanese writing

In two stunning tales by novelist-playwright...


Mulberry and Peach: Two Women of China

by Hualing Nieh & Sau-ling Wong The Feminist Press at CUNY (January 01, 1997)

A brilliantly crafted picaresque novel—sensual, harrowing, comic—of an Asian-American woman's exile.


Bombay Fever

by Sidin Vadukut S&S India (August 10, 2017)

‘How did she die? How did she die . . . like that? It has to be poison of some kind. No disease can possibly kill in this manner.’

 

Kanimozhi has a meltdown—she collapses, thick spurts of blood erupting...


Clouds

by Chandrahas Choudhury S&S India (January 10, 2018)

Farhad Billimoria is so looking forward to being a departed soul! On the cusp of his forty-second birthday and his relocation to San Francisco, this suave Bombay psychotherapist makes a farewell parade around...


Manazuru

by Hiromi Kawakami & Michael Emmerich Counterpoint (November 01, 2017)

  • Kawakami is an author known and reviewed around the world
  • Manazuru received great praise when Counterpoint released it in 2010; the book already has reviews by Booklist, the Paris Review Daily, the Independent...

  • Strange Weather in Tokyo

    by Hiromi Kawakami & Allison Markin Powell Counterpoint (November 01, 2017)

  • This is a reissue of a poetic, compact novel by celebrated Japanese author, Hiromi Kawakami (the original 2012 Counterpoint edition was titled The Briefcase (9781582435992); Strange Weather in Tokyo is the title...

  • The Taliban Cricket Club

    by Timeri N. Murari Ecco (May 15, 2012)

    “A moving, splendidly realized story of courage and grit in modern-day Kabul.”

    —Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire

    A harrowing yet tender novel—Bend It Like Beckham in a burka—The Taliban Cricket...


    North Station

    by Suah Bae & Deborah Smith Open Letter (September 18, 2017)

    A writer struggles with the death of her mentor; an experimental play goes awry; time freezes for two lovers on a platform, waiting for the train that will take one of them away. In these seven stories Bae demonstrates...


    A Greater Music

    by Suah Bae & Deborah Smith Open Letter (September 19, 2016)

    Near the beginning of A Greater Music, the narrator, a young Korean writer, falls into an icy river in the Berlin suburbs, where she’s been housesitting for her on-off boyfriend Joachim. This sets into motion...


    Frontier

    by Can Xue, Chen Zeping, Karen Gernant & Porochista Khakpour Open Letter (February 20, 2017)

    Though the story of Liujin, a young woman seeking a new kind of human freedom, Frontier attempts to unify the grand opposites of life--barbarism and civilization, the spiritual and the material, the mundane...


    Soul Mountain

    by Gao Xingjian HarperCollins (March 17, 2009)

    In 1983, Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death.But six weeks later, a second examination revealed there was no cancer—he...


    Recitation

    by Suah Bae & Deborah Smith Deep Vellum Publishing (January 02, 2017)

    A mysterious actress turned wanderer shares her story with a nameless emigrant "chorus" in this novel exploring memory and personhood


    An Excess Male

    by Maggie Shen King Harper Voyager (September 12, 2017)

    One of the Washington Posts' "The 5 best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2017"!

    James Tiptree, Jr Literary Award Honor List

    A B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog "Best SFF of 2017" pick!

    A Kirkus "Best of the Best!"...


    Moshi-Moshi: A Novel

    by Banana Yoshimoto & Asa Yoneda Counterpoint (December 01, 2016)

    In Moshi-Moshi, Yoshie’s much-loved musician father has died in a suicide pact with an unknown woman. It is only when Yoshie and her mother move to Shimo-kitazawa, a traditional Tokyo neighborhood of narrow...


    Vaseline Buddha

    by Jung Young Moon & Jung Yewon Deep Vellum Publishing (June 13, 2016)

    A tour-de-force in automatic writing from South Korea's eccentric, award-winning contemporary master delves into subconscious worlds blending reality and imagination.


    The White Tiger: A Novel

    Man Booker Prize 2008

    by Aravind Adiga Free Press (April 22, 2008)

    A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society....


    Selection Day: A Novel

    by Aravind Adiga Scribner (January 03, 2017)

    NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

    AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES and WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK

    From the bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger, a “ferociously brilliant”...


    The Private Life of Mrs Sharma

    by Ratika Kapur Bloomsbury Publishing (December 03, 2015)

    Renuka Sharma is a dutiful wife, mother, and daughter-in-law holding the fort in a modest rental in Delhi while her husband tries to rack up savings in Dubai. Working as a receptionist and committed to finding...


    Sounds of the River: A Memoir

    by Da Chen Harper (October 18, 2011)

    In this "equally beguiling sequel to his acclaimed memoir, Colors of the Mountain" (Kirkus Reviews), teenager Da Chen takes his first train ride away from the farm he was raised on to his new university life...


    The Bones of Grace

    by Tahmima Anam Harper (June 28, 2016)

    From the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of A Golden Age and The Good Muslim comes a lyrical, deeply moving modern love story about belonging, migration, tragedy, survival, and the mysteries of...


    Rart Eikkatheit's three worlds

    by Win Lyovarin Thaifiction Publishing (May 01, 2010)

    Soldier, pimp or artist?

    What is Rart’s real nature?

    Is history repeating itself?

    By the most inventive and versatile of Thai short story writers,

    a tale of social upheavals and human ambiguities

    that can...


    The murder case of Tok Imam Storpa Karde

    by Siriworn Kaewkan Thaifiction Publishing (January 01, 2009)

    Who killed the old imam, and why?

    Your guess is as good as theirs.

    The novel every Thai,

    everyone concerned with

    the situation in Thailand’s deep South,

    should read. If only to ponder

    on the country's drift...


    A scattered world

    by Siriworn Kaewkan Thaifiction Publishing (June 17, 2008)

    When some men are cursed with immortality,

    they endeavour to break the curse

    and, if successful, turn into sea animals.

    A novel of magical realism and verbal magic

    set on the fault line of Islam and Buddhism...


    Immortal

    by Wimon Sainimnuan Thaifiction Publishing (October 19, 2001)

    An ageing tycoon wants to achieve immortality

    by grafting his brain onto a younger body

    — until he is challenged by his very clone.

    At stake, there is more than the control of his business empire.

    A Thai...


    Lord of the land

    by Wimon Sainimnuan Thaifiction Publishing (October 21, 2003)

    Against a background of frenzied land speculation

    where all sorts of dirty tricks are par for the course,

    who of Abbot Nian and Kharm the Medium

    will emerge as the Lord of the Land?

    The increasingly

    heated competition...


    Khoak Phranang

    by Wimon Sainimnuan Thaifiction Publishing (October 20, 2003)

    What happens to common country folk

    when they are caught in the jaws

    of wayward religion and superstition?

    This is what happens, at Khoak Phranang,

    the epicentre of rural Thailand in the 1990s.

    A short, droll...


    The Medium

    by Wimon Sainimnuan Thaifiction Publishing (October 19, 2003)

    One way out of crippling poverty

    is by putting yourself at the service

    of the spirits of the land

    – folk credulity will do the rest.

    Thus is born the Medium,

    pitting himself against unethical Buddhist monks

    who...


    The circus of life

    by ARKARTDAMKEUNG RAPHEEPHAT Thaifiction Publishing (October 02, 1999)

    The disaffected son of a Thai aristocrat

    goes to study law in London in the early 1920s,

    only to fall in love with an English journalist and become a reporter.

    In England, France, the US, Japan and China,

    their...