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Six Books, Six Countries

Thank you @paris_librarian for challenging me to participate in #sixbookssixcountries

on Instagram this weekend. This is a challenge to share six books that take place in/were written by people from six different countries.



I wish I had better pictures of these books for my collage, but some of the titles came from way before my bookstagram days! I loved reading each of these books and hope you find a new book to read from the list. 💗


Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

Korea

I finished this over an afternoon. The format is unique. It reads like a novel, but has footnotes citing how widespread Jiyoung’s experiences are across women in South Korea. Interesting, powerful, loved the ending.


The Strays by Emily Bitto

Australia

Oh my heart, this is a great book. It’s difficult to explain exactly what it’s about. What matters more is what the characters say and how they relate to one another. Superb writing. Stella Prize winner 2015.


The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Vietnam

This graphic novel/illustrated memoir is Thi Bui’s origin story, from her parents growing up in Vietnam to raising her own son in California today. Bui’s visual artistry and her writing are both excellent.


My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Nigeria

Some call this book a thriller, but I don’t think so. To me it’s closer to satire, yet also poetic. I loved holding the small hardcover copy in my hands while I read the entire thing in one sitting.


Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Ethiopia

This book takes place in a few countries, but mostly Ethiopia. This is a powerful, layered story worth reading and re-reading. It’s about family, medicine, and so much more.


Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

Canada

Written by an Indigenous woman, this novel veers into memoir as well as fantasy. I love how the protagonist relates to animals throughout the story as well as the atmospheric writing.


What are your favorite books from international authors? Share in the comments!

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