A Long Way From Douala by Max Lobe

“When we finally reach Garoua, I wonder whether this is still Cameroon. The landscape dotted with isolated shrubs and with expanses of fine sand on the horizon is so different from the raw, intense green of the forests of the south.” When Choupi’s father dies, his older brother, Roger, decides that he’s had enough and…

The City Inside by Samit Basu

“They’d known the end times were coming but hadn’t known they’d be multiple choice.” In a near future Delhi, Joey is a Reality Controller in charge of monitoring the livestreams of Indi, one of the fastest growing online celebrities. Her job gives her considerable cultural power, but Joey is too entrenched in the everyday drag…

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

“You were never the smartest child, but even you should know that when a dead woman offers you a cigarette, the polite thing to do would be to take it. Especially when that dead woman is your mother.“ Darwin was raised in the countryside by a Rastafarian mother and has always abided by the commandment…

Colorful by Eto Mori

“If only the ocean were under this bed, I wished naively. If only I could keep sinking down like this, down and down and down forever.” A formless soul is about to be kicked out of the cycle of rebirth when they win the lottery for a chance to get back in. He must recall…

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa

“A book that sits on a shelf is nothing but a bundle of paper. Unless it is opened, a vook possessing great power or an epic story is a mere scrap of paper. But a book that has been cherished and loved, filled with human thoughts, has been endowed with a soul.” Rintaro Natsuki is…

Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park

“The only thing that mattered was that I existed with someone, there in those dark streets of the city, and that was why I was wrestling tongues with a stranger.” Love in the Big City is the English-language debut of Sang Young Park, one of Korea’s most exciting young writers. A runaway, bestseller, the novel…

The Easy Life in Kamusari by Shion Miura

“Whatever strange thing happens on the mountain, it’s not strange at all.” Yuki Hirano’s parents enroll him in a forestry training program right after his high school graduation. Against his will he is shipped off to the remote mountain village of Kamusari, where hardly any modern conveniences exist. No phone, no internet, and no shopping….

Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm by Yu Xiuhua

“Reading is a powerful activity: it calms one’s heart. When the mind is quiet, one can experience real joy.” Starting with the viral poem Crossing Half of China to Fuck You, Yu Xiuhua’s raw collection chronicles her life as a disabled, divorced, single mother in rural China. In defiance of the stigma attached to her…

2021 Women in Translation Month Recommendations!

Every August is Women in Translation Month, which means towards the end of July I try to figure out what books I am going to read or what books I’m going to recommend to readers. Here is my collection for this year. I tend to go Asian heavy, I’m working on this, but there is…

Silent Winds, Dry Seas by Vinod Busjeet

In the 1950s, Vishnu is a young boy who has yet to learn about the uneasy alliance of two bankrupt families that led to his parents marriage. Coming-of-age while Mauritius struggles and eventually gains independence from the United Kingdom. On an island so diverse in ethnicity, culture, language, and faith political freedom doesn’t always come…