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Mr Eter­nity Aaron Thier Blooms­bury USA, Novem­ber 17

Key West, 2016. Sea lev­els are ris­ing. Two film­mak­ers meet a sailor called “Daniel De­foe” who claims to be 560. But in fact Dan is in the prime of his life and tells his story of life through the cen­turies where there is one con­stant: a world on the edge of ruin.

The Story of a Brief Mar­riage Anuk Arud­pra­gasam Granta Books, Oc­to­ber 6

A Sri Lankan man is trapped on the front lines be­tween gov­ern­ment forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. When he is asked to marry a vil­lager to pro­tect her from ram­pag­ing sol­diers, a thought­ful re­la­tion­ship set against the back­drop of war, sep­a­ra­tion and a di­vided Sri Lanka be­gins.

The Wangs vs The World Jade Chang Fig Tree, Novem­ber 3

Charles Wang builds up a huge cos­met­ics em­pire upon em­i­grat­ing to the United States. But he faces a catas­tro­phe when the com­pany goes bust and he loses ev­ery­thing: gone are the cars, houses and a lux­ury life­style. So he de­cides to bring his fam­ily back to China in a bid to re­claim his an­ces­tral lands.

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