A cause for celebration: the Aya series, Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie’s sparkling chronicle of youth and love in the Ivory Coast, is now fully available in English for the first time. Aya, Life In Yop City (Drawn and Quarterly, $24.95) and Aya, Love In Yop City (Drawn and Quarterly, $24.95) bring together the complete series in two gorgeous volumes. It’s the 1970s, the peak of Côte d’Ivoire’s brief era of peace and economic windfall. In Yopougon, a working-class suburb of the coastal jewel Abidjan, amidst a seemingly endless swirl of parties, discotheques, love affairs, friends, neighbors, and family, is nineteen-year-old Aya: calm, steady, studious, and dreaming of becoming a doctor. The Aya books are glorious graphic storytelling and vibrant glimpses of an Africa that most Westerners never see.
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ISBN: 9781770460829
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 4th, 2012

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ISBN: 9781770460928
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 5th, 2013

David Bezmozgis is a maestro of dislocation, a fascinated observer of the in-between. Here he centers on the Krasnansky family, a handful of the many Russian Jews stranded in 1970s Italy, waiting Beckett-like for visas and dreaming of The Free World (Picador, $15). Bezmozgis blends the Krasnanskys’ surreal limbo in Rome with the memories of the lives they left behind. By circling through each family member’s private reveries, we glimpse Soviet history across generations—a view that is both panoramic and incredibly intimate. From hardship in tsarist Russia to the heady idealism of the 1930s to the absurd Orwellian comedy of love affairs in Communist Latvia, Bezmozgis writes with nuance, humor, and a light, graceful touch. Every section feels immediate.
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ISBN: 9781250002518
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Published: Picador - March 27th, 2012

Literary wunderkind Nell Freudenberger has given us her best novel yet. It’s an unusually moving study of an unusual marriage, told from the point of view of Amina, a young Bangladeshi woman who travels to snowy Rochester, New York, to marry George, a man she met online. His motives are hazy; for her it’s a business decision, a chance to rescue her destitute family. Nevertheless, The Newlyweds (Knopf, $25.95) stumble towards a quiet mutual tenderness— until the emergence of old secrets upends their fragile equilibrium and Amina returns to Bangladesh alone. Freudenberger, a seasoned, sensitive traveler, is especially attuned to the myriad small ways that different cultures mesh and repel one another. She makes us wonder how much of any relationship can be explained by “culture clashes”—or are our loved ones simply unknowable, regardless of their origins?

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ISBN: 9780307268846
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Published: Knopf - May 1st, 2012

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ISBN: 9780307388971
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013