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Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell

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Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson Fredrik Welin, our first person narrator, lives alone on an island he inherited from his …

The Son by Michel Rostain

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translated from French by Adriana Hunter It is eleven days since our first person narrator has died. He was just twenty one …

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David Lurie lives a very contained and well-run life. He is a professor in Cape Town, mostly he lectures in communication but …

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The Ice Palace by

Siss is on her way through the dark evening to meet Unn. They have been going to school together ever since Unn …

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Ramsay wants to go to the lighthouse. His mother says that yes, of course they can go tomorrow, weather permitting. His father disagrees. The weather will not permit it, he asserts, they will not go to the lighthouse.

Much of this novel revolves around the one afternoon and evening before this proposed trip to the lighthouse. The Ramsay family, maternal and magnificent mother, needy professor father and all eight children are staying in their holiday home in the Isle of Skye. With them are a number of other guests, Lily Briscoe the painter. William Banks, Augustus Carmichael, and Charles Tansey.

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Jane Eyre by

Jane Eyre’s parents die when she is an infant, and she is taken in by her uncle. Her uncle also dies, after …