Madeleine Thien has written an absorbing epic novel about aspiring young musicians in China during the brutal, repressive reign of Chairman Mao. It's one of those stories that takes hold and becomes unforgettable. Here's more of what it's about.
This year's Man Booker Prize finalists are an intriguing lot. They include a lurid crime story and an epic family saga. Here is a list of the six contenders, with summaries of what they're about. All are available in the United States.