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FILE PHOTO: Author Sadie Jones. Her first novel is titled, The Outcast. (Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail)
FILE PHOTO: Author Sadie Jones. Her first novel is titled, The Outcast. (Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail)

GLOBE 100

The Globe’s top 29 picks for international fiction of 2012 Add to ...

Louise Erdrich’s tale of life on a North Dakota reserve, continuing the complex and sensitive saga of native Americans that she began with Love Medicine in 1984, works wonderfully as social commentary, as a mystery and as literary fiction. -- Candace Fertile

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

A New English Version, by Philip Pullman,

Viking

Sex. Violence. Horror. On the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, Philip Pullman retells their stories – and reminds us that fairy tales tap into appetites and fears that are not for kids only. -- Catherine Bush

The Uninvited Guests

By Sadie Jones,

Knopf Canada

On the day of Emerald Torrington’s 20th birthday party, a railway accident leaves the family responsible for a group of dazed third-class passengers. Sadie Jones’s novel of disasters, dinner and an English country house is polished, charming and beautifully crafted. -- J.C. Sutcliffe

Waterline

By Ross Raisin,

HarperCollins

Mick, a run-down, middle-aged Glaswegian, struggles to deal with his wife’s death, caused by the asbestos he worked with. He skips town and gets a job washing dishes in London, then winds up homeless. It is a portrait of grief as haunting as it is elegant, yet it somehow manages to crackle with energy. -- Michael Hingston

Treasure Island!!!

By Sara Levine,

Europa Editions

An unnamed twentysomething New York woman is so enthralled by the adventures of young Jim Hawkins with Long John Silver and the other inhabitants of Treasure Island that she resolves to pattern her life on the book and, more specifically, on young Master Hawkins. -- Martin Levin

The Street Sweeper

By Elliot Perlman,

Bond Street

Australian writer Elliot Perlman’s novel is a superb multistrand epic that stretches across continents and over a century of history, focusing on the Holocaust and the African-American civil-rights struggle, and intertwining them in a way that brings out their similarities. -- Sara Johnson

The Odds

A Love Story,

by Stewart O’Nan,

Viking

Art and Marion Fowler, a middle-aged couple on the brink of divorce, head to Niagara Falls, Ont. Their primary destination is a casino where they plan to multiply their remaining cash in hopes of saving their house and their marriage. -- Donna Bailey Nurse

 

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