2016 International Award Winners

Award-winning novels don't often equate to page-turners, but they do point us in the direction of fine literature. These winners of recent international fiction awards tell stories about family tragedy, a South Korean woman's obsession with vegetarianism and crime in Ireland's post-crash society. Here are the book titles and more of what each is about.

Charlotte Salomon: “It is my whole life”

David Foenkinos has written a novel that's as compelling for its style as it is for the story. The new novel is a multiple award-winner and massive bestseller in France, recounting the life and work of German artist Charlotte Salomon during World War II. Foenkinos' obsession with the subject and the way he writes the story make it a stand-out.

Andreï Makine and the Soviet experience

Andreï Makine is a French-Russian author whose novels should not be missed, especially by readers looking for unusual, moving stories. The two novels here richly evoke Soviet life with unforgettable main characters. I read one and immediately picked up the other. And I'd continue, chain reading his novels, if I had the time to do so.