The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

Set in the frontiers of North Dakota, this novel describes the life of Father Damien Modeste who ministers to the Chippewa people over a period of 60 years. The comic and tragic stories of the town of Little No Horse are related from the viewpoint of this compassionate priest, who has a sad secret past … More The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

This is the first novel in Jasper Fforde’s science-fiction/detective series featuring a smart, gun-toting heroine named Thursday Next. In Thursday’s world, an alternate version of 1985, popular culture is ruled by literature. Coin operated “Will-Speak” machines quote Hamlet in bus stations, visitors make pilgrimages to view original manuscripts, and school children collect Johnathan Swift trading … More The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

This slim novel, set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, describes the reeducation of two teenage boys, sent to toil among peasants in the countryside. Since their parents have been branded enemies of the state, the boys have almost no chance of ever returning to their former comfortable lives in the city. Instead they have nothing … More Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie