A gathering of five books -- fiction and non-fiction -- soon to hit bookstores.
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.
French author Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year. Looking into his "oeuvre" made me curious about other French books. The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, in its recently announced 2015 longlist, provided these, which look wonderful.