Survival: Women of Different Cultures

The Saffron Kitchen

Yasmin Crowther

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

A passionate and timely debut about mothers and daughters, roots and exile, from the streets of Iran to the suburbs of London In what is certain to be one of the most talked-about fiction debuts of the year, Yasmin Crowther paints a magnificent portrait of betrayal and retribution set against a backdrop of Iran's tumultuous history, dramatic landscapes, and cultural beauty. The story begins on a blustery day in London, when Maryam Mazar's dark se...

Ladies Coup

Anita Nair

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

Meet Akhila: forty-five and single, an income-tax clerk, and a woman who has never been allowed to live her own life - always the daughter, the sister, the aunt, the provider - until the day she gets herself a one-way ticket to the seaside town of Kanyakumari. In the intimate atmosphere of the all-women sleeping car - the 'Ladies Coupe' - Akhila asks the five women the question that has been haunting her all her adult life: can a woman stay singl...

A good Indian wife : a novel

Anne Cherian.

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

Neel, an anesthesiologist in San Francisco, and Leila, a 30-year-old teacher in Neel's native India, struggle to reconcile their own desires with the expectations of others, in this riveting story of two people, two countries, and two ways of life.

Wild swans : three daughters of China

Jung Chang ; [with a new introduction by the author].

Literary Fiction, Multicultural Fiction

Blending the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history,Wild Swanshas become a bestselling classic in thirty languages, with more than ten million copies sold. The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, it is an engrossing record of Mao's impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love.

Jung Chang describes the life of her grandmother...

The calligrapher's daughter : a novel

Eugenia Kim.

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

ldquo;A beautiful, deliberate and satisfying story spanning 30 years of Korean history... Elegant.rdquo;â?? Publishers Weekly (starred review)In early-twentieth-century Korea, Najin Han, the privileged daughter of a calligrapher, longs to choose her own destiny, though her countryâ??newly occupied by Japanâ??is crumbling, and her family, led by her stern father, is facing difficulties that seem insurmountable. Narrowly escaping ...

A map of home : a novel

Randy Jarrar.

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

From America to the Middle East and back again- the sparkling story of one girl's childhood, by an exciting new voice in literary fiction

In this fresh, funny, and fearless debut novel, Randa Jarrar chronicles the coming-of-age of Nidali, one of the most unique and irrepressible narrators in contemporary fiction. Born in 1970s Boston to an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, the rebellious Nidali-whose name is a feminization of the wor...

City of tranquil light : a novel

Bo Caldwell.

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

Having felt a call from God, Will Kiehn travels to the vast North China Plainin the early 20th-century, where he weds a fellow missionary, Katherine. Willtheir faith and relationship be enough to sustain them as the couple works toimprove the lives of the people of Kuang P'ing Ch'eng?

Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books

Azar Nafisi.

Biography, Nonfiction, Multicultural Fiction

We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative ...

Nine parts of desire : the hidden world of Islamic women / Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks.

Nonfiction, History

With a New Afterword As a prizewinning foreign correspondent forThe Wall Street Journal, Geraldine Brooks spent six years covering the Middle East through wars, insurrections, and the volcanic upheaval of resurgent fundamentalism. Yet for her, headline events were only the backdrop to a less obvious but more enduring drama: the daily life of Muslim women.Nine Parts of Desireis the story of Brooks' intrepid journey toward an understanding of the w...