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food in our lives. I loved Ailsa Piper’s Sin­ning Across Spain, about car­ry­ing her friends’ sins along the San­ti­ago de Com­postela pil­grim’s trail. So­phie Cun­ning­ham’s Mel­bourne was ev­ery­thing a mem­oir should be: the shin­ing point at which the per­sonal and the pub­lic meet. I’d never read Anita Heiss be­fore Am I Black Enough For You?, which ex­plains Aus­tralia’s ques­tion­able his­tory of mov­ing the goal­posts when it comes to ‘‘ black­ness’’. I also man­aged two ter­rific Aus­tralian nov­els, both fea­tur­ing tigers in their ti­tles and ex­am­in­ing, from dif­fer­ent an­gles, hu­man cul­pa­bil­ity: Chris Flynn’s A Tiger in Eden and Emily Maguire’s Fish­ing for Tigers. Gil­lian Mears’s Foal’s Bread shim­mered with a bleak beauty. I de­voured Jef­frey Eu­genides’s The Mar­riage Plot and Jonathan Franzen’s Free­dom, both re­mind­ing me how well Amer­i­cans do mus­cu­lar, emo­tion­ally pen­e­trat­ing lit­er­a­ture.

The Lu­si­ads.

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