AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHT BOOKS

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After a bar­rage of beach reads, the wan­ing days of sum­mer have washed ashore late­sea­son lit­er­ary trea­sures from around the globe. No­bel lau­re­ate Orhan Pa­muk’s lat­est rev­els in ro­mance and in­trigue when a Turk­ish welldig­ger’s de­sires lead

to a calami­tous chain of events in The Red

Haired Woman. Man Booker-nom­i­nee Ali­son Pick’s Strangers With the Same Dream

doc­u­ments an early 20th-cen­tury Jewish group set­tling the ter­ri­tory that be­comes Is­rael, while Ir­ish scribe John Boyne ex­plores his home na­tion’s post­war iden­tity through

a man’s search for self in The Heart’s In­vis­i­ble Fu­ries. Lin­nea Hart­suyker launches an epic Vik­ing-era tril­ogy

with The Half-Drowned

King and, south of the bor­der, Amer­i­can au­thor and Os­car-nom­i­nated screen­writer Tom Per­rotta ex­plores the erotic awak­en­ings of a 46-year-old di­vorced empty nester in Mrs.

Fletcher. Mean­while, back in Canada, Québé­cois Chief In­spec­tor Ga­mache strug­gles with his own con­science in Louise Penny’s Glass Houses, while The Dic­ta­tor by David Lay­ton, son of Irv­ing, moves be­tween Toronto and the Do­mini­can Repub­lic with the story of the tense re­la­tion­ship and trou­bled past of an Alzheimer’s struck man who fled Europe ahead of the Holo­caust and his es­tranged mid­dle-aged son. And in Hol­land, a real-life anony­mous Dutch au­thor is gain­ing celebrity for pen­ning a book as oc­to­ge­nar­ian Hen­drik Groen, who at­tempts to over­throw the te­dious­ness of his re­tire­ment home with the help of his Old-But-Not-Dead Club in the orig­i­nal and hi­lar­i­ous The Se­cret Diary of Hen­drik Groen, 83¼ Years Old.

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