Fiction with International Flavor

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[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/talchemist/talchemist/1%2C3%2C8%2CB/frameset&FF=talchemist&2%2C%2C5/indexsort=-|The alchemist]] by Paulo Coelho ; translated by Alan R. Clarke\\
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[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/X?SEARCH=baking+cakes+in+kigali&searchscope=41| Baking cakes in Kigali]] by Gaile Parkin\\
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[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=balzac+and+the+little+chinese+seamstress&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress]] by Dai Sijie ; translated from the French by Ina Rilke\\
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[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=my+year+of+meats&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|My year of meats]] by Ruth L. Ozeki\\
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[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|Snow flower and the secret fan : a novel]] by Lisa See\\
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[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=blessed+are+the+cheesemakers&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|Blessed are the Cheesemakers]] by Sarah-Kate Lynch\\
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[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=sweetness+at+the+bottom+of+the+pie&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|The sweetness at the bottom of the pie]] by Alan Bradley\\
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(:title Fiction with International Flavor:)
(:description fiction organized by continent - March 2010:)

Are you looking to escape Massachusetts? Take a trip in a book! Read stories of characters in China, Botswana, or Ireland. Forbes offers a large array of fiction that take place in foreign countries.

Compiled by Jennifer Adams. Summaries from ContentCafe. March 2010.

The following is a sampling of our collection. The list is categorized by continent.

[+'''''Africa'''''+]\\
[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/talchemist/talchemist/1%2C3%2C8%2CB/frameset&FF=talchemist&2%2C%2C5/indexsort=-|The alchemist]] by Paulo Coelho ; translated by Alan R. Clarke\\
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/X?SEARCH=baking+cakes+in+kigali&searchscope=41| Baking cakes in Kigali]] by Gaile Parkin\\
Rendered a confidant and supportive friend for her willingness to listen to her neighbors in genocide-stricken Rwanda, baker Angel Tungaraza provides decadent confections and transforming counsel to a series of troubled customers.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=camel+bookmobile&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|The camel bookmobile]] by Masha Hamilton\\
Establishing a bookmobile in a destitute Kenya village, well-intentioned Fiona Sweeny inadvertently renews a decades-old tribal feud involving a camel-powered bookmobile and prior efforts to promote local education.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/tno.+1+ladies%27+detective+agency/tno++++1+ladies+detective+agency/1%2C7%2C20%2CB/exact&FF=tno++++1+ladies+detective+agency&1%2C6%2C/indexsort=-|The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency]] by Alexander McCall Smith\\
Working in Gaborone, Botswana, Precious Ramotswe investigates several local mysteries, including a search for a missing boy and the case of the clinic doctor with different personalities for different days of the week.\\
 

[+'''''Asia'''''+]\\
[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=balzac+and+the+little+chinese+seamstress&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress]] by Dai Sijie ; translated from the French by Ina Rilke\\
At the height of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, two young boys are sent to the country for "reeducation" at a remote mountain village, where their lives take an unexpected turn when they meet the beautiful daughter of a local tailor and stumble upon a forbidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translations.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=hero%27s+walk&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|The hero's walk : a novel]] by Anita Rau Badami\\
When his long-estranged daughter dies in a car accident in Canada, an aging Bengali man finds his life transformed by the arrival of his seven-year-old granddaughter in India.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/tmemoirs+of+a+geisha/tmemoirs+of+a+geisha/1%2C6%2C11%2CB/exact&FF=tmemoirs+of+a+geisha+a+novel&1%2C4%2C/indexsort=-|Memoirs of a geisha : a novel]] by Arthur Golden\\
The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, in 1929, as a little girl, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=mistress+of+spices&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|The mistress of spices]] by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni\\
A critically acclaimed first novel by an Indian-American writer spins a sensual contemporary fairy tale involving a young woman trained in the ancient art of spices, who is forced by an unexpected romance to choose between immortality and modern life.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=my+year+of+meats&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|My year of meats]] by Ruth L. Ozeki\\
Strange things happen in the love lives of two women--one a Japanese-American filmmaker from New York, the other a Japanese housewife--linked by a Japanese television show sponsored by an American meat exporter.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|Snow flower and the secret fan : a novel]] by Lisa See\\
An evocative story of friendship set against the backdrop of a nineteenth-century China in which women suffered from foot binding, isolation, and illiteracy follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.\\


[+'''''Australia'''''+]\\
[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/tLieutenant/tlieutenant/1%2C11%2C11%2CB/frameset&FF=tlieutenant&1%2C1%2C/indexsort=-|The lieutenant]] by Kate Grenville\\
In late eighteenth-century New South Wales, misfit Daniel Rooke hopes to find his place in life when he joins the military, constructs an observatory, and forges a relationship with an Aborigine girl.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/tpeople+of+the+book/tpeople+of+the+book/1%2C2%2C3%2CB/frameset&FF=tpeople+of+the+book+a+novel&1%2C1%2C/indexsort=-|People of the book : a novel]] by Geraldine Brooks\\
Offered a coveted job to analyze and conserve a priceless Sarajevo Haggadah, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the volume's ancient binding that reveal its historically significant origins.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=Slow+man&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|Slow man]] by J. M. Coetzee\\
Rendered dependent on others after losing his leg in a bicycle accident, sixty-year-old photographer Paul Rayment finds himself falling in love with a down-to-earth Croatian nurse and encouraged by a mysterious writer to take an activist role in his own life.\\

 
[+'''''Europe'''''+]\\
[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=blessed+are+the+cheesemakers&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|Blessed are the Cheesemakers]] by Sarah-Kate Lynch\\
Estranged from her family since childhood, Abby lands on a small Irish dairy farm where she encounters down-on-his-luck New York stockbroker Kit, who with Abby helps a pair of elderly cheese makers save their farm and help a range of troubled souls.


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/aharris%2C+joanne/aharris+joanne/1%2C2%2C14%2CB/frameset&FF=aharris+joanne+1964&3%2C%2C13/indexsort=-|Chocolat : a novel]] by Joanne Harris\\
When the beautiful and mysterious Vianne moves to Lansquenet and opens a chocolate shop across from the church, the inhabitants of the tiny village find themselves torn between the solemn law of religion and the joyful rewards of Vianne's confections.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/tgirl+with+a+pearl+earring/tgirl+with+a+pearl+earring/1%2C2%2C6%2CB/exact&FF=tgirl+with+a+pearl+earring&1%2C5%2C/indexsort=-|Girl with a pearl earring]] by Tracy Chevalier\\
A poor seventeenth-century servant girl knows her place in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, but when he begins to paint her, nasty whispers and rumors circulate throughout the town.


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=guernsey&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society]] by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows\\
In 1946, as England emerges from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey and his eccentric friends, who tell her about their island, the books they love, German occupation, and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=irish+country+village&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|Irish Country Village]] by Patrick Taylor\\
Delighted to be offered a permanent position with crusty Dr. O'Reilly, Dr. Barry Lavery confronts a crisis when his reputation is threatened by the unexpected death of one of his patients, he and O'Reilly launch a campaign to save Ballybucklebo's four-hundred-year-old pub, and his beloved Patricia tries to win a scholarship to Cambridge, in the sequel to ''An Irish Country Doctor''.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/X?SEARCH=pomegranate+soup&searchscope=41|Pomegranate Soup]] by Marsha Mehran\\
Three Iranian sisters--Marjan, Layla, and Bahar Aminpour--flee the turmoil of the Islamic Revolution in their native country to seek refuge in Ireland, where they open the exotic Babylon Caf‚ amongst the quirky inhabitants of a colorful Irish town, in a debut novel that comes complete with original Persian recipes.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/t?SEARCH=sweetness+at+the+bottom+of+the+pie&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=41|The sweetness at the bottom of the pie]] by Alan Bradley\\
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, begins her adventure when a dead bird is found on the doorstep of her family's mansion in the summer of 1950, thus propelling her into a mystery that involves an investigation into a man's murder where her father is the main suspect.\\


[+'''''South America'''''+]\\

[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/tbel+canto/tbel+canto/1%2C3%2C5%2CB/frameset&FF=tbel+canto+a+novel&1%2C1%2C/indexsort=-|Bel canto : a novel]] by Ann Patchett\\
When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people thrown together, including American opera star Roxane Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan. From the bestselling author of "The Magician's Assistant" comes a marvelous novel of love, opera, and terrorism set in South America. Two couples, complete opposites, fall in love; sexual identities become confused; and a horrific imprisonment is transformed into an unexpected heaven on earth.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/aallende%2C+isabel/aallende+isabel/1%2C1%2C25%2CB/frameset&FF=aallende+isabel&11%2C%2C25/indexsort=-|Inés of my soul]] by Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden\\
A work of historical fiction chronicles the brave deeds and passionate loves of a spirited woman who journeyed to the New World and helped found a nation.\\
 

[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/tlike+water+for+chocolate/tlike+water+for+chocolate/1%2C2%2C2%2CB/frameset&FF=tlike+water+for+chocolate+a+novel+in+monthly+installments+with+recipes+romances+and+home+reme&1%2C1%2C/indexsort=-|Like water for chocolate : a novel in monthly installments, with recipes, romances, and home remedies]] 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 ranch must obey tradition and remain single and at home to care for her mother.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41?/tLove+In+The+Time+Of+Cholera/tlove+in+the+time+of+cholera/1%2C2%2C3%2CB/frameset&FF=tlove+in+the+time+of+cholera+a+novel&1%2C1%2C/indexsort=-|Love in the time of cholera : a novel]] by Gabriel García Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman\\
Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza, a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years, on the day of her husband's funeral.

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