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In Praise of Hatred

by Khaled Khalifa & Leri Price

In 1980s Syria, a young Muslim girl lives a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents. Her three aunts—the pious Maryam, the liberal Safaa, and the free-spirited Marwa—raise...


Falling Out of Time

by David Grossman

Following his magisterial To the End of the Land, the universally acclaimed Israeli author brings us an incandescent fable of parental grief––concise, elemental, a powerfully distilled experience of understanding...


The Time Regulation Institute

by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, Alexander Dawe & Maureen Freely

A literary discovery: an uproarious tragicomedy of modernization, in its first-ever English translation

Perhaps the greatest Turkish novel of the twentieth century, being discovered around the world only now,...


Bliss

by O.Z. Livaneli

Meryem, a fifteen-year-old girl, lives in a rural village on the shores of Lake Van in Eastern Turkey.  Her simple life changes dramatically after her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order, rapes her.  She is...


Housebroken

by Yael Hedaya & Dalya Bilu

In a striking debut, three piercing, powerful novellas that unveil the hazards of love and desire.

The men, women, and even animals in this enthralling collection live at the mercy of their hearts. Young and...


Accidents

by Yael Hedaya

A captivating first novel of family, sex, love, and death from an "extraordinary" writer of "remarkable emotional power"

(Maureen Howard, Los Angeles Times Book Review)

For Shira Klein, Yonatan Luria, and his...


Lineup

by Liad Shoham

International bestselling author Liad Shoham makes his American debut in this compelling, superbly plotted crime thriller.

After a brutal rape disturbs a quiet Tel Aviv neighborhood, baffled detectives find no...


The World of the End

by Ofir Touché Gafla

As an epilogist, Ben Mendelssohn appreciates an unexpected ending. But when that denouement is the untimely demise of his beloved wife, Ben is incapable of coping. Marian was more than his life partner; she...


Children of the Jacaranda Tree: A Novel

by Sahar Delijani

Sold in 70 countries around the world, translated into 25 languages, hailed by Khaled Hosseini, author of And the Mountains Echoed and The Kite Runner, who calls it "a celebration of the human heart’s eternal...


The One Facing Us

by Ronit Matalon & Marsha Weinstein

A richly colored narrative of a flamboyant Jewish-Egyptian family and its dispersal across three continents, from Israel's most original new novelist.

Esther, seventeen years old, wild and rebellious, is sent...


Bliss

by Ronit Matalon & Jessica Cohen

Set in Tel Aviv and Paris, a powerful story of love, friendship, regret, and war, as current as today's headlines

Ronit Matalon's fiction has been praised as "haunting," "inventive," "refreshingly daring." Now...


Beirut Blues

by Hanan Al-Shaykh

With the acclaim won by her first two novels, Hanan al-Shaykh established herself as the Arab world's foremost woman writer. Beirut Blues, published to similar acclaim, further confirms her place in Arabic literature,...


Women of Sand and Myrrh: A Novel

by Hanan Al-Shaykh

A powerful and moving novel, by the Arab worlds  leading woman novelist, about four women coping  with the insular, oppressive society of an unnamed  desert state.


Souffle

by Asli Perker

Three troubled lives, one cookbook: a recipe for self-discovery . . . Lilia wakes up one morning to discover that her marriage is not what it seemed. Marc cannot face his empty apartment after the loss of his...


Honor: A Novel

by Elif Shafak

An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of Turkish immigrants in 1970s London

Internationally bestselling Turkish author Elif Shafak’s new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love, and misunderstandings...


The Retrospective

by A. B. Yehoshua

From the acclaimed author of A Woman in Jerusalem, a novel about a director, a screenwriter and an actress, old friends and colleagues who meet up for the first time in decades in Santiago de Compostela, and...


The Silence and the Roar

by Nihad Sirees

The Silence and the Roar takes place in an unnamed Middle Eastern country resembling Syria. The story follows a day in the life of Fathi Chin, an author banned from publishing because he refuses to write propaganda...


Music by My Bedside

by Kür?at Ba?ar & Çi?dem Aksoy Fromm

On the eve of a coup d'etat, the wife of a diplomat newly returned to Turkey finds that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fuat, is in fact a childhood friend. Having married more for status than love, and quizzically...


That Smell and Notes from Prison

by Sonallah Ibrahim & Robyn Creswell

That Smell is Sonallah Ibrahim's modernist masterpiece and one of the most influential Arabic novels. Composed in the wake of a five-year prison sentence, the semi-autobiographical story follows a recently released...


The Serenity Murders

Hop-Çiki-Yaya #4

by Mehmet Murat Somer & Amy Marie Spangler

Oh, no! Burçak Veral—kickboxing transvestite, nightclub owner, Audrey Hepburn lookalike, and amateur sleuth—has finally been invited to strut her stuff on a local television show. But during her appearance,...