The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

Review   Summary We meet him late in life: a quiet man, a good father and husband, a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a landlord and barber with a terrifying scar across his face. As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of …

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li

Review   Summary Brilliant and illuminating, The Vagrants, Yiyun Li’s debut novel, is set in China in the late 1970s. Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. In this powerful and beautiful story, …

ARC: Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi

Summary In Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt, Rashidi takes us on a winding path through the political and social climates of Cairo from the 1980s to 2014. The first section is narrated from the point of view of a child who is trying to make sense of the fear and change …