Book Review: Assault on Paradise by Tatiana Lobo


Around the World for a Good Book selection for Costa Rica Author: Tatiana Lobo Title: Assault on Paradise Publication Info: Willimantic, CT : Curbstone press, 1998. Summary/Review: After completing this novel, I saw it described as a picaresque which is “a genre of prose fiction which depicts the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who…

Book Review: The Happiness of Kati by Ngarmpun (Jane) Vejjajiva


Around the World for a Good Book selection for Thailand Author: Ngarmpun (Jane) Vejjajiva Title: The Happiness of Kati Publication Info: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006. Summary/Review: Kati, a nine-year-old girl lives with her grandparents and dreams of her mother who left five years earlier.  Finally, it’s revealed that her mother has ALS and…

Book Review: The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann


Around the World for a Good Book Selection for Norway Author: Linn Ullmann Title:The Cold Song Translator: Barbara Haveland Publication Info: New York : Other Press, c2011 Summary/Review: This novel is a story about a family at seaside summer home and the young woman Milla who comes to work as their nanny, but goes missing and is…

Book Review: Jerusalem by Gonçalo Tavares


Around the World for a Good Book Selection for Portugal Author: Gonçalo Tavares Title:Jerusalem Translator: Anna Kushner Publication Info: Champaign [Ill.] : Dalkey Archive Press, c2009 ISBN: 9781564785558 Summary/Review: This novel brings together several characters in one place for one event and then jumps back to show vignettes of each character’s life, building up to what all…

Book Review: The Castle of Whispers by Carole Martinez


Around the World for a Good Book Selection for France Author: Carole Martinez Title: The Castle of Whispers Translator: Howard Curtis Publication Info: Europa Editions, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-60945-182-0 Summary/Review: In 12th-century France, a 15-year-old  girl from a noble family named Esclarmonde escapes an arranged marriage by offering herself to God.  The form she takes is an anchoress,…

Book Review: Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya


Around the World for a Good Book Selection for Honduras Author: Horacio Castellanos Moya Translator: Katherine Silver Title:Senselessness Publication Info: New York : New Directions, 2008. ISBN: 9780811217071 Summary/Review: This short novel depicts the narrator as a man in exile hired to edit testimonies of indigenous people who’ve survived torture and slaughter at the hands of the…

Book Review: Baba Yaga Laid an Egg by Dubravka Ugrešić


Around the World for a Good Book Selection for Croatia Author: Dubravka Ugrešić Translator: Ellen Elias-Bursác, Celia Hawkesworth, and Mark Thompson Title:Baba Yaga Laid an Egg Publication Info: New York : Canongate, c2009. ISBN: 9781847670663 Summary/Review: This is a novel in three parts.  The first part features a narrator’s concerns about dementia in her aging mother,…

Book Review: The Invisible Mountain by Carolina de Robertis


 Around the World for a Good Book Selection for Uruguay Author: Carolina de Robertis Narrator:Christine Avila Title: The Invisible Mountain Publication Info: Random House Audio, 2009. Summary/Review: This excellent debut novel tells the story of three generations of women – Pajarita, Eva, and Salome – against the backdrop of Uruguayan history of the 20th century.  The structure of a…

Book Review: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez


Around the World for a Good Book selection for Colombia Author: Gabriel García Márquez Title: One Hundred Years of Solitude Translator: Gregory Rabassa Narrator: John Lee Publication Info: Blackstone Audio (2014) (originally published 1967) ISBN: 9781482939682 Other books read by the same author: Love in the Time of Cholera Summary/Review: I always find it difficult…

Book Review: Cousin K by Yasmina Khadra


Around the World for a Good Book Selection for Algeria Author: Yasmina Khadra Translator: Donald Nicholson-Smith and Alyson Waters Title: Cousin K Publication Info: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2013 ISBN: 9780803234932 Summary/Review: Yasmina Khadra is the female pen name for the male Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul, which he adopted to avoid censorship of the Algerian army.  His…