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Little Grey Lies

Written by Hedi Kaddour
A fascinating story of how a woman disguised as a man fooled her entourage for so many years, ultimately becoming the highly respected head of the security service of a fascist party that counted virility among its most valued virtues.

Arab Jazz

Written by Karim Miské
This suspense novel, set in the colourful 19th district of Paris, is a smart and entertaining sociological insight in the making of intolerance and terrorism, written before the actual Paris events of 2015.

French Rhapsody

Written by Antoine LAURAIN
A middle-aged doctor receives a letter from a record company that should have arrived 33 years ago when he was part of an amateur rock band. Ecstatic with the belated news that the record company wanted to produce them, Alain embarks on a quest to find his old band buddies, for better or for worse…

Noah's Child

Written by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
A priest takes in and protects young Jewish and Christian children, including the young Joseph. The spiritual awareness of a child, the wisdom of a man in the commotion and fury of war.

Mend The Living

Written by Maylis de Kerangal
The Canadian publisher Talon Books has just released the English translation of the French best-selling and captivating novel Réparer les vivants by Maylis de Kerangal, translated by Jessica Moore and longlisted for the Booker Prize 2016.

The Sleepworker

Written by Cyrille Martinez | Translated by Jospeh Patrick Stancil | October 2014

John is a poet. Only John almost never writes poems, because he is also unemployed. He lives with two friends, and they squat in a loft in New York New York, a fantastical city that resembles the Big Apple, but also any other city where artists live. They throw fabulous parties and practice group sodomy. That is, until John meets Andy.

Palestine

Written by Hubert Haddad | Translated by Pierre L'Abbé | September 2014

Somewhere in the West Bank, an Israeli patrol is assaulted by a Palestinian commando. One Israeli soldier is killed and another is kidnapped. Wounded, in a state of shock, the hostage loses hold of reality and forgets everything, even his own name. Eventually he is rescued, taken in by two Palestinian women and his wounds heal. He becomes Nessim, brother of Falastìn, an anorexic Law student; and son of Asmahane, the blind widow of an official who was shot dead in an ambush. Nessim passes through the looking glass, suffering the daily anguish of the inhabitants of the colonized West Bank.

Birth of a Bridge

Written by Maylis de Kerangal | Translated by Jessica Moore | August 2014

From one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today comes this literary saga of a dozen men and women – engineers, designers, machinery operators, cable riggers – all employees of the international consortium charged with building a bridge somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

Form and Object: A Treatise on Things

Written by Tristan Garcia | Translated by Mark Allan Ohm and Jon Cogburn | April 2014

What is a thing? What is an object? Tristan Garcia decisively overturns 100 years of Heideggerian orthodoxy about the supposed derivative nature of objects and in so doing provides deep insights about the world and our place in it. 

A Philosophy of Walking

Written by Frederic Gros | Translated by John Howe | April 2014

In A Philosophy of Walking, a bestseller in France, leading thinker Frédéric Gros charts the many different ways we get from A to B — the pilgrimage, the promenade, the protest march, the nature ramble — and reveals what they say about us.

The Day I Lost My Superpowers

Written by Michaël Escoffier | Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo | April 2014

Childhood is a magical time when even the stuff of the day-to-day is exciting and the ordinary often seems extraordinary. A part of this magic is that with just a little imagination, we all might be found to possess true superpowers!

This isn't the first or last book where a child delightedly discovers her own superpowers. But it may be just about the driest, funniest, and sweetest, where the discovery is handled with humor and charm.

Aama: 1. The Smell of Warm Dust

Written by Frederik Peeters | March 2014

In the distant future, Verloc Nim wakes up in the middle of nowhere suffering from complete amnesia. He remembers nothing of his former life. But when Verloc is handed his diary by a robot-ape called Churchill, he is able to revisit his past. His life, he discovers, has been a miserable one. He lost his business, his family, and his friends because he refused the technological advancements of society. The eye implants, the pharyngeal filters, the genetic modifications—he went without all these.

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