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Meet Me in Another Life

Two people. Infinite lifetimes. One impossible choice.

Thora and Santi are strangers in a foreign city when a chance encounter intertwines their fates. At once, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit—someone who shares their insatiable curiosity, who is longing for in life than the cards they’ve been dealt. Only days later, though, a tragic accident cuts their story short.

But this is only one of the many connections they share. Like satellites trapped in orbit around each other, Thora and Santi are destined to meet again: as a teacher and prodigy student; a caretaker and dying patient; a cynic and a believer. In numerous lives they become friends, colleagues, lovers, and enemies. But as blurred memories and strange patterns compound, Thora and Santi come to a shocking revelation—they must discover the truth of their mysterious attachment before their many lives come to one, final end.

Becoming Leidah

A love story set in nineteenth century Norway, about a woman rescued from the sea, the fisherman who marries her, their tiny and unusually gifted daughter, and the shapeshifter who follows their every move, perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Yangsze Choo, Eowyn Ivey, and Neil Gaiman.

The sky opens up I hear them laugh.
They don’t feel the sadness in the air.
They don’t feel the danger coming, riding in on the wind.

In the hinterlands of old Norway, Leidah Pietersdatter is born blue skinned, with webbed hands and feet. Upon every turn of season, her mother, Maeva, worries as her daughter’s peculiarities blossom—inside the root of the tiny child, a strange power is taking hold.

Maeva tries to hide the girl from the suspicious townsfolk of the austere village of Ørken, just as she conceals her own magical ancestry from her daughter. And Maeva’s adoring husband, Pieter, wants nothing than for his new family to be accepted by all. But unlike Pieter, who is blinded by love, Maeva is aware that the villagers, who profess a rigid faith to the new God and claim to have abandoned the old ways, are watching for any sign of transgression—and are eager to pounce and punish.Following both mother and daughter from the shadows and through time, an inquisitive shapeshifter waits for the Fates to spin their web, and for Maeva to finally reclaim who she once was. And as Maeva’s elusive past begins to beckon, she realizes that she must help her daughter navigate and control her own singular birthright if the child is to survive the human world.

But the protective love Pieter has for his family is threatening the secure life they have slowly built and increasingly becoming a tragic obstacle. Witnessing this, Maeva comes to a drastic conclusion: she must make Leidah promise to keep a secret from Pieter—a perilous one that may eventually free them all.

The Warsaw Orphan

In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. She has no fondness for the Germans who patrol her streets and impose their curfews, but has never given much thought to what goes on behind the walls that contain her Jewish neighbors. She knows all too well about German brutality and that it's the reason she must conceal her true identity. But in befriending Sara, a nurse who shares her apartment floor, Elzbieta makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism.

Using Sara's credentials to smuggle children out of the ghetto brings Elzbieta face to face with the reality of the war behind its walls, and to the plight of the Gorka family, who must make the impossible decision to give up their newborn daughter or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka, this final injustice stirs him to rebellion with a zeal not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. But his recklessness brings unwanted attention to Sara's cause, unwittingly putting Elzbieta and her family in harm's way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever.

From Nazi occupation to the threat of a communist regime, The Warsaw Orphan is the unforgettable story of Elzbieta and Roman's perilous attempt to reclaim the love and life they once knew.

Caul Baby

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Jerkins makes her fiction debut with this electrifying novel, for fans of Ta Nehisi Coates and Jacqueline Woodson, that brings to life one powerful and enigmatic family in a tale rife with secrets, betrayal, intrigue, and magic.Laila desperately wants to become a mother, but each of her previous pregnancies has ended in heartbreak. This time has to be different, so she turns to the Melancons, an old and powerful Harlem family known for their caul, a precious layer of skin that is the secret source of their healing power.

When a deal for Laila to acquire a piece of caul falls through, she is heartbroken, but when the child is stillborn, she is overcome with grief and rage. What she doesn’t know is that a baby will soon be delivered in her family—by her niece, Amara, an ambitious college student—and delivered to the Melancons to raise as one of their own. Hallow is special: she’s born with a caul, and their matriarch, Maman, predicts the girl will restore the family’s prosperity.

Growing up, Hallow feels that something in her life is not right. Did Josephine, the woman she calls mother, really bring her into the world? Why does her cousin Helena get to go to school and roam the streets of New York freely while she’s confined to the family’s decrepit brownstone?

As the Melancons’ thirst to maintain their status grows, Amara, now a successful lawyer running for district attorney, looks for a way to avenge her longstanding grudge against the family. When mother and daughter cross paths, Hallow will be forced to decide where she truly belongs.  

 Engrossing, unique, and page turning, Caul Baby illuminates the search for familial connection, the enduring power of tradition, and the dark corners of the human heart.

Hana Khan Carries On

From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants

Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she’ll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening Three Sisters.

When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long buried family secret. A hate motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana’s growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival restaurant—who might not be a complete stranger after all.

As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be. 


A sensual novel, Popisho conjures a world where magic is everywhere, food is fate, politics are broken, and love awaits. Everyone in Popisho was born with a little something… The local name for it was cors. Magic, but than magic. A gift, nah? Yes. From the gods: a thing that felt so inexpressibly your own.

Somewhere far away or maybe right nearby lies an archipelago called Popisho. A place of stunning beauty and incorrigible mischief, destiny and mystery, it is also a place in need of change.

Xavier Redchoose is the macaenus of his generation, anointed by the gods to make each resident one perfect meal when the time is right. Anise, his long lost love, is on a march toward reckoning with her healing powers. The governor’s daughter, Sonteine, is getting married, her father demanding a feast out of turn. And graffiti messages from an unknown source are asking hard questions. A storm is brewing. Before it comes, before the end of the day, this wildly imaginative narrative will take us across the islands, their history, and into the lives of unforgettable characters.


The prize winning, bestselling author of Gingerbread; Boy, Snow, Bird; and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a vivid and inventive new novel about a couple forever changed by an unusual train voyage.

When Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment and to get them out of her house. Setting off with their pet mongoose, Otto and Xavier arrive at their sleepy local train station, but quickly deduce that The Lucky Day is no ordinary locomotive. Their trip on this former tea smuggling train has been curated beyond their wildest imaginations, complete with mysterious and welcoming touches, like ingredients for their favorite breakfast. They seem to be the only people onboard, until Otto discovers a secretive woman who issues a surprising message. As further clues and questions pile up, and the trip upends everything they thought they knew, Otto and Xavier begin to see connections to their own pasts, connections that now bind them together.

A spellbinding tale from a star author, Peaces is about what it means to be seen by another person whether it's your lover or a stranger on a train and what happens when things you thought were firmly in the past turn out to be right beside you.

Hot Stew

London has changed a lot over the years. The Soho that Precious and Tabitha live and work in is barely recognisable any. And now, the building they call their home is under threat; its billionaire owner Agatha wants to kick the women out to build expensive restaurants and luxury flats. Men like Robert, who visit the brothel, will have to go elsewhere. The collection of vagabonds and strays in the basement will have to find somewhere else to live. But the women are not going to go quietly. They have plans to make things difficult for Agatha but she isn't taking no for an answer.

Hot Stew is an insightful and ambitious novel about property, ownership, wealth and inheritance. It is about the place we occupy in society, especially women, and the importance placed on class and money. It doesn't shy away from asking difficult questions but does so with humour and intelligence.

The Souvenir Museum

Award winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to date

In these stories, the mysterious bonds of family are tested, transformed, fractured, and fortified. A recent widower and his adult son ferry to a craggy Scottish island in search of puffins. An actress who plays a children’s game show villainess ushers in the New Year with her deadbeat half brother. A mother, pining for her children, feasts on loaves of challah to fill the void. A new couple navigates a tightrope walk toward love. And on a trip to a Texas water park with their son, two fathers each confront a personal fear. 

With sentences that crackle and spark and showcase her trademark wit, McCracken traces how our closely held desires—for intimacy, atonement, comfort—bloom and wither against the indifferent passing of time. Her characters embark on journeys that leave them indelibly changed—and so do her readers. The Souvenir Museum showcases the talents of one of our finest contemporary writers as she tenderly takes the pulse of our collective and individual lives.

I'm Waiting for You and Other Stories

Two worlds, four stories, infinite possibilities 
One of South Korea’s most treasured writers explores the driving forces of humanity—love, hope, creation, destruction, and the very meaning of existence—in two pairs of thematically interconnected stories.

In “I’m Waiting for You” and “On My Way,” an engaged couple coordinate their separate missions to distant corners of the galaxy to ensure—through relativity—they can arrive back on Earth simultaneously to make it down the aisle. But small incidents wreak havoc on space and time, driving their wedding date further away. As centuries on Earth pass and the land and climate change, one thing is constant: the desire of the lovers to be together. In two separate yet linked stories, Kim Bo Young cleverly demonstrate the idea love that is timeless and hope springs eternal, despite seemingly insurmountable challenges and the deepest despair.

In “The Prophet of Corruption” and “That One Life,” humanity is viewed through the eyes of its creators: godlike beings for which everything on Earth—from the richest woman to a speck of dirt—is an extension of their will. When one of the creations questions the righteousness of this arrangement, it is deemed a perversion—a disease—that must be excised and cured. Yet the Prophet Naban, whose “child” is rebelling, isn’t sure the rebellion is bad. What if that which is considered criminal is instead the natural order—and those who condemn it corrupt? Exploring the dichotomy between the philosophical and the corporeal, Kim ponders the fate of free will, as she considers the most basic of questions: who am I?

O testamento do Sr Napumoceno da Silva Araújo

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I think what I appreciated most about this book was the style and the language The person would shift from third narrator to first whoever the narrator was talking about mid paragraph and there was something about that style that led to a eally interesting fluidity to the prose The story itself is not that compelling There is also a ape scene mid novel that made me unsure I eally wanted to continue with the story simply because of how casually it was handled by the author as casually as describing any other action in the novel I ead this book with little knowledge of Cape Verde and would have perhaps gotten out of it with a deeper cultural context to the story but I m not convinced Though this book is uite short only about 150 pages it left me with a lot to think about It tells the life story of one Napumoceno da Silva Araujo a espected and ich Cape Verdean businessman who died at a very old age and left a shocking will that was over 300 pages long and beueathed everything to the bastard daughter no one knew he hadThe story particularly in the beginning describing the funeral is extremely funny in its way It is also notable for showing how various people s perceptions of the same events can be so different as to be come almost unrecognizable Araujo s nephew for instance through his eyes is a slimy arrogant deceitful Uriah Heep type character but his newfound cousin Maria de Graca sees him as a likable enough man who bears no grudge against her and they become friendly with each otherNormally I can t stand overlong paragraphs and un on sentences in books and this book had plenty of both but for some eason I didn t mind this time I didn t think I would enjoy eading this nearly as much as I did
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I wish could seek out the author s other novels but none of them have been translated into English This book was interesting to me in that it took place in a location with which I was unfamiliar the Republic of Cape Verde and it was a style of writing that I had not eally ead before The first thing I had to do was to find out something about Cape Verde The Republic of Cape Verde is a group of 10 small islands in the central Atlantic Ocean about 350 miles off the coast of Western Africa The islands are volcanic in origin A few of them are fairly flat and others are ocky with some vegetation but in general they tend to be dry and not very verdant The native language is Portuguese and this book was originally written in that language and translated into uite a few other languages prior to being available in EnglishThe islands were uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in the 1400 s and became central to the African slave trade The islands were also popular with pirates and were visited by Charles Darwin in 1832 I wonder if he found any interesting species there as the islands are so isolated from any other mainland The islands have few natural esources but overall the literacy ate is high the economy and politics are stable Tourism is a main industry About 500000 people mostly of creole ethnicity live among these islands todayThis story was not the most scintillating but I enjoyed it while still wishing just a bit that I could finish it and get on to something else But I learned so many things along the way like where the Cape Verde islands #are and even what the word creole eally meansA creole language is a #and even what the word creole eally meansA creole language is a full fledged language that originated. New Directions is proud to introduce the masterwork of Cape Verde's greatest living writer Germano Almeida an ironic and original tragic comedy from a new voice in African literature Everyone in Cape Verde knows Señor da Silva Successful entrepreneur owner of the island's first automobile a most serious upright and self made businessman Señor da Silva is the local success story Born an orphan he never married he never splurged; one good suit was good enough for him; and he never wandered from the straight and narrow Or so everyone thought From a pidgin So a Portuguese based creole is based on Portuguese language originally but has morphed over time to become a stable language of its but has morphed over time to become a stable language of its Creole is also a word that describes the people living in a place like Cape Verde they are of Portuguese descent but were born and aised in the colony I did not ealize that creole had such a broad meaning I had never heard the term applied to anyone but the Louisiana creole but there are creole people and creole languages all over the world The languages of Haiti Mauritius the Seychelles Barbados Liberia and Papua New Guinea are all considered to be creoleThe story is humorous but also a little sad Sr Napumoceno did not have as fulfilling a life as he could have and never was able to find a wife I think he was not craving children but he did think a great deal about getting married I found him to be an odd duck a person who spent much time thinking but little time sharing his thoughts with others or developing close elationships Much of this comes out in his lengthy last will and testament The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Ara jo translated from the Portuguese by Sheila Faria Glaser is my book from Cape Verde for the Read The World challenge For those who don t know
cape verde is 
Verde is island nation an archipelago off the coast of Africa at about the point where the continent projects furthest into the Atlantic It was uninhabited until the Portuguese started using it as a trading port I learn from Wikipedia and the population is largely of mixed European and African originThat history may explain why it feels like a book from Latin America than from Africa I would be #hard pressed to explain exactly what I mean by that a sense that the European cultural #pressed to explain exactly what I mean by that a sense that the European cultural is deeply embedded is part of it although I can t immediate articulate what makes me say that It may be no than the fact that the book is full of names like Senhor da Silva Ara jo of courseThe book tells the story of a self made local businessman it starts with the eading of his will which eveals unexpected news and moves back and forward through his life building up into complex portrait It s short 151 pages but nicely written wryly humorous and open to the absurdities as well as the tragedies of the human condition Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Ara jo s funeral was conducted with great solemnity as befitted a man of his bearing and demeanour for he was after all a leading business figure in Mindelo the archipelago of Cabo Verde The Chief mourner his nephew Carlos conducted himself with dignity and poise he was Senhor Napumoceno s Sole heir Sadly Senhor Napumoceno had never found time in his extremely busy and convoluted world of business and women for a mundane act such as marriage he always pushed it out of his mind He was dapper and of course very very ich women he knew would come flocking and they didCarlos took his ole of the Sole heir very seriously and on the day of the funeral nobody could have faulted his grief One of the stipulations in a letter to him was that instead of a brass band playing as was customary at every funeral in Cabo Verde Beethoven s Marcha Funebre should be played Now that was a terribly difficult undertaking for Carlos nobody even knew what Beethoven s Marcha Funebre was but Carlos with his customary tenacity did manage to get a ecording of the Marcha Funebre Carlos was determined that his uncle Napumoceno da Sil. Ut when Señor da Silva's 387 page Last Will and Testament is ead aloud; a marathon task on a hot afternoon which exhausts eader after eader; there's eye opening news and not just for the smug nephew so certain of inheriting all Señor da Silva's property With his will Señor da Silva leaves a memoir that is a touching web of elaborate self deceptions He desired so ardently to prosper to be taken seriously to join perhaps if they'll have him the exclusive Grémio country club and most of all to be a good man And yet shady deals twists of ,
Va Ara jo should lack for nothing on his last earthly voyageBut the show must go on the intricacies of business wait for no man so on the very next day a very suave Carlos went to his Uncle s Office Carlos esponded to the polite Bom Dia Senhor Carlos at his Uncle s Office with gravity but hey did you notice the spring in his step The air of nonchalance The little jaunt to the hipsCarlos enters the sanctum sanctorum Napumoceno da Silva Ara jo s Office and then caution to the winds decorum forgotten Carlos is full of glee the old man is dead Dead and I am his Sole heir How would his own portrait look instead of that of the old fossil But wait a minute Carlos there is this tedious business the eading of the Testament The formal eading began in the evening and there seemed no end to it it was as though Napumoceno da Silva Ara jo did not want his heirs to inherit a sou without they being aware of the trajectory his entire life had taken So he began with his extremely humble beginnings he meandered through his ise in business with digressions into his many liaisons with women Poor Carlos had suggested that he ead the Testament in the peace and uiet of his house Unethical said the Notary you have to ead it in the Testament in the peace and uiet of his house Unethical said the Notary you have to ead it in the of the witnesses and everyone has to sign So they ead and ead The Notary confessed to his throat being dry The witnesses took over eading it went onevery little detail of his long life But just a minute just when it seemed to be only a dreary narration of events Napumoceno springs a surprise that kills any hopes that Carlos ever had of being his Sole heir Napumoceno has an illegitimate daughter Maria de Gra a daughter of his housekeeper Dona Chica and it is she and not Carlos who would inherit his wealth What went wrong how did the elationship with Carlos sour Was it because Napumoceno saw in Carlos eyes the same hunger that he Napumoceno used to have Yes Napumoceno never trusted Carlos for they were so alike Did Napumoceno have liaisons with other women Oh yes many But the love of his life was Adelia the beautiful Adelia who strangely disappears In addition to his vast heritage Napumoceno beueaths his daughter Maria de Gra a a collection of his audio tapes where he describes his life in minute detail never omitting a single event Maria de Gra a tries to piece her father s life with these tapes but like any person s life the narrative has lacunae that she is unable to fill On the other hand her uest and her desire to learn about her father brings her closer to Carlos her cousin and Dona Eduarda the new housekeeperGermano Almeida the author of this wonderful book wants to show his audience that parallel worlds do exist in our society and in our lives This he does admirably with wit and sarcasmThe desperate battle of a boy with no shoes who comes to S o Vicente to get ich but forgets that his nephew Carlos has the same desire Forgets how Carlos works so very hard to make the business a huge success and very ungratefully disinherits himLike so very many ich people Napumoceno loves to give but the ecipient should be eternally grateful never should the ecipient forget When he died Senhor Napumoceno was a much espected businessman a man of integrity a serious man with no vices When the Testament is ead he is evealed a much different person He is evealed #A Being With #human being with his myriad faults but also his many strengths Aren t we all same. Ate an illegitimate child such is the lot of poor self critical Señor da Silva A bit like Calvino's Mr Palomar in his attention to protocol and in his terror of life's passions; a bit like Svevo's Zeno a little pompous a little old fashioned and often hapless Señor da Silva moves along a deliciously blurry line between farce and tragedy a self important buffoon becomes a fully human even tragic figure in the arc of this hilarious and touching novel translated into Spanish German French Italian Dutch Norwegian Swedish and now at last English.

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