By Ruth Ozeki

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lives of two once-in­sep­a­ra­ble brothers raised in then-Cal­cutta. Set in the po­lit­i­cal tu­mult of 1960s In­dia the two, al­though born just over a year apart, hold very dif­fer­ent fu­tures. One seeks an aca­demic ca­reer in the US while the other re­mains in In­dia to fight so­cial in­jus­tices. Dh78, Magrudy’s

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through­out all of his fic­tion – the am­bigu­ous and com­plex fig­ure of the mother. A fas­ci­nat­ing and com­pelling novella that has shocked and im­pressed crit­ics in equal mea­sure. Dh52, Ki­noku­niya A Cana­dian/ Amer­i­can au­thor com­pletes the short­list with a novel about a woman who dis­cov­ers a Hello Kitty di­ary on the beach in­side a lunch box. The pro­tag­o­nist, a writer called Ruth, is liv­ing in a re­mote cor­ner of the Pa­cific coast of Bri­tish Columbia when, suf­fer­ing from writer’s block, she comes across the trove of mem­oirs writ­ten by a Ja­panese teenager – which, she sup­poses, may have been washed ashore with the 2011 tsunami. Span­ning ev­ery­thing from cy­ber bul­ly­ing to her mys­te­ri­ous great grand­mother, the thoughts were put to­gether by a girl strug­gling to find her­self and a reader who un­der­stands her. Dh52, Ki­noku­niya

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