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FIC­TION The Lit­tle House By Kyoko Naka­jima (Darf Pub­lish­ers)

Taki is an old woman who writes down the mem­o­ries of her time spent liv­ing as a ser­vant for the Hi­rai fam­ily. Her mem­o­ries, how­ever, are not a com­pen­dium of house­keep­ing tips; they are a glimpse to the pe­riod be­tween World War 1 and 2 and the des­tiny of the Hi­rai clan – Mr Hi­rai, who is a toy maker; Mis­tress Tokiko; and their son, Ky­oichi. The Lit­tle

House looks at Ja­panese history from the point of view of a ‘silent’ wit­ness who makes sac­ri­fices for those she loves.

Lanny By Max Porter (Allen & Un­win)

Lanny lives in a small vil­lage near Lon­don with his mother, who is a writer, and his some­what ab­sent fa­ther. The lit­tle boy goes about his days like ev­ery other child – he goes to school, imag­ines new worlds and ex­plores na­ture. Some vil­lage peo­ple think Lanny is a bit odd, much like his fam­ily. But one day, Lanny doesn’t come home. The po­lice find an ob­vi­ous cul­prit in his art teacher. But what re­ally hap­pened to the lit­tle boy re­mains a mys­tery.

Mother of Pearl By An­gela Sav­age (Tran­sit Lounger)

The lives of three women are in­ter­twined in this book about moth­er­hood, love and loss. Meg wants to have a baby. She and her hus­band have gone through IVF but haven’t been able to con­ceive. Meg’s sis­ter Anna is a so­cial worker who has worked in sev­eral Asian coun­tries, in­clud­ing Thai­land. And Mukda is a young Thai woman who de­cides to be­come a sur­ro­gate mother to pro­vide for her son.

Mother of Pearl ex­plores the ups and downs of the sur­ro­gacy process from three dif­fer­ent points of view.

The Tes­ta­ments By Mar­garet At­wood (Pen­guin)

Fans of The Hand­maid’s Tale, which At­wood pub­lished in 1990 and was later adapted as a TV se­ries star­ring Elis­a­beth Moss, fi­nally get a se­quel to the pa­tri­ar­chal dystopia of Gilead. The Tes­ta­ments picks up more than 15 years after Of­fred, the pro­tag­o­nist of The Hand­maid’s Tale, dis­ap­pears. The book has been short­listed for the Booker Prize.

Room for a Stranger By Me­lanie Cheng (Text Pub­lish­ing)

Meg and her sis­ter He­len have lived in the same house for over 60 years. When He­len dies, Meg opts to find a per­son to share her home with. But in­stead of sharing with an­other woman, per­haps close to her age, Meg finds Andy, a 21-year-old male stu­dent who grew up in Hong Kong. The author delves into the un­likely friend­ship of two hu­mans who have one thing in com­mon – lone­li­ness.

Qui­chotte By Sal­man Rushdie (Pen­guin)

The In­ge­nious Gen­tle­man Don Quixote de La Man­cha was writ­ten in the early 17th cen­tury by Miguel de Cer­vantes Saave­dra and, be­sides be­ing con­sid­ered the first novel writ­ten in Span­ish, it is one of the world’s most recog­nised sto­ries. Sal­man Rushdie, one of modern lit­er­a­ture’s most cel­e­brated names, has writ­ten a con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of the Quixote. Qui­chotte fea­tures a trav­el­ling sales­man of In­dian ori­gin whose life is dom­i­nated by US tele­vi­sion. He re­solves to win the heart of a beau­ti­ful tele­vi­sion host and sets off in pur­suit. While tak­ing read­ers on a wild ride, he en­coun­ters an Amer­ica of Trump vot­ers and vi­cious racism, and a coun­try on the verge of moral and spir­i­tual col­lapse.

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