The Future by Naomi Alderman

In the best tradition of predictive science fiction this frightening tale about the unintended consequences of real-time world-wide electronic media coupled with the selfish motives of filthy rich electronics executives hoping to survive the apocalypse with surely keep any reader pinned to their seat.
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Man, Underground by Mark Hummel

A damaged recluse and a feisty teenager join forces to find meaning in a world beset by banality and indifference. Both have reasons for failing to connect with society but come to the understanding that even the darkness within ourselves may be the source of light.
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A Leopard-Skin Hat by Anne Serre

This beautifully rendered story of a profound friendship pursued through good times and bad is a literary treasure. Populated by only two characters it is a joy to read and food for the soul. This translation is pure pleasure.
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Not Russian by Mikhail Shevelev

The complex and sometimes confusing state of Russian politics and culture is at the heart of this tale of desire, idealism and reality on a collision course. Profoundly revelatory narrative limns the dark aspects of life in this volatile nation.
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