Lafcadio Hearn is highly regarded as an early writer and researcher on Japan. Monique Truong's The Sweetest Fruit irresistibly reconsiders his legacy from the perspective of the women whose lives were affected by him.
The lure of beautiful beaches might make the Dominican Republic among the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, but the ghosts of its troubled history, as captured in Julia Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies, stalk the living.
Víctor del Árbol's A Million Drops is a mystery-thriller in the best tradition of the genre, one which offers an intricately-researched historical tale while also trying to say something appreciably profound about human nature.
Tracy Chevalier's lastest novel takes us to 19th century Ohio, to the town of her alma mater, Oberlin, where a young Quaker woman experiences a moral awakening during the tumultuous ten years before the Civil War.