(🇲🇽 Mexico) Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquirel
Synopsis: Tita, the youngest daughter of the De La Garza family, has been forbidden to marry, due to Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, her neighbour. Forbidden to marry him, she convinces Pedro to marry her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her, the book follows her emotions as she expresses her hopes and sadness through her cooking.
(🇨🇦 Canada) Medicine River - Thomas King
Synopsis: When Will returns to Medicine River, he thinks he is simply attending his mother's funeral. He doesn't count on opening shop as the town's only Native photographer. Somehow, that's exactly what happens. The book chronicles the lives of a group of contemporary First Nations in Western Canada.
(🇬🇲 Gambia) Reading the Ceiling - Dayo Forster
Synopsis: Ayodele has just turned eighteen and has decided,, that the time is right to lose her virginity. She's drawn up a shortlist: Reuben; a long-admired school friend; Yuan; a failsafe and Frederick Adams, the 42-year-old father of her best friend. What she doesn't know is that her choice of suitor will have a drastic effect on the rest of her life.
Three men. Three paths. One will send Ayodele to Europe, to university, and to a very different life - but it will be a voyage strewn with heartache. Another will send her around the globe on an epic journey, transforming her beyond recognition but at the cost of an unbearable loss. The final choice will see her stuck in Africa, as a wife and mother caught in a polygamous marriage. Which one will she choose?
(🇭🇰 Hong Kong) An Insular Possession - Timothy Mo
Synopsis: Walter Eastman and Gideon Chase are young Americans working in the ‘Factories’ - the home of the East India Company on the south China coast - and are at loggerheads with the European community which thrives on the opium trade. When the first Opium War breaks out their lives grow increasingly dangerous and diverse.
(🇪🇸 Spain) The Siege - Arturo Pérez-ReverteSynopsis: Set in Cádiz, 1811, the city has been surrounded by Napoleon's army for a year. Their backs to the sea, its residents live in constant fear of a French invasion. And now the bodies of random women have begun to turn up throughout the city--victims of a shadowy killer.
Police Comisario Rogelio Tizón has been assigned the case. Known for his razor-sharp investigation skills--as well as his brutal interrogation methods--he has seen everything. Or so he thought. His inquiry into the murders reveals a surprising pattern. He begins to view Cádiz as a living chessboard, with himself and the killer the main players.
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