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Mosarrap Hossai... | Thu, Oct 18th- 1:37pm | Amitav Ghosh, River of Smoke, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

When Nizam, a crippled Afghani woman, arrives at an American military base looking for her brother Yusuf’s body, she sets off a chain of events that tests the convictions of the soldiers.

Anisha Sridhar | Thu, Oct 11th- 9:20am | Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, The Watch, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

The protagonist of Juan Rader Bas’s Back Kicks and Broken Promises is the stalwart Ricky Gilbert, the adopted Filipino American son of two white Americans.

G. Justin Hulog | Thu, Sep 27th- 9:06am | Back Kicks and Broken Promises, Juan Rader Bas, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

Freudenberger visits the theme of love in the age of the internet in her new novel, The Newlyweds.

Anisha Sridhar | Thu, Sep 20th- 7:46pm | Nell Freudenberger, The Newlyweds, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

Memoirs of a Eurasian deals primarily with the story of Mo Mo, the daughter of a half-Russian, half-Chinese music teacher and an unknown Chinese father.

Noah Cho | Thu, Aug 23rd- 11:26am | Memoirs of a Eurasian, Vivian Yang, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

The Red Chamber will probably not be called a “masterpiece” like the classical text that inspired it. However, it is an enjoyable read and a good introduction to those interested in the original classic, The Story of the Stone...

Sabina Chen | Fri, Aug 17th- 2:06am | Pauline A. Chen, The Red Chamber, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

Gods Without Men pushes already dense topics to deeper, more personal and metaphysical realms.

Rachel Pong | Thu, Aug 9th- 9:05am | Gods without Men, Hari Kunzru, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

I don’t read much of what could be categorized as dick-lit, and the men in The Dead Do Not Improve are not overly sensitive, politically correct, or even tactful.

Jenny Yap | Thu, Aug 2nd- 4:45pm | Jay Caspian Kang, The Dead Do Not Improve, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

Whether introducing her readers to a chimpanzee attempting to find a place in a community of animals, an Indian classical dance instructor who contemplates applying a bleaching cream to her skin, or to a woman coping with her marriage to a ghost...

Dashini Jeyathurai | Thu, Jul 19th- 12:49pm | Aerogrammes, Tania James, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

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