Coming of age (40)


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Adama by Turki al-Hamad EN

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Country: Asia / Saudi Arabia flag Saudi Arabia
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Turki al-Hamad's explosive novel Adama became an unlikely bestseller in the Middle East, selling more than 20,000 copies despite being officially banned in several countries, including the author's native Saudi Arabia. A compelling coming-of-age story, it also offers a rare and stunning inside look at the hidden roots of dissent in the modern Arab world. In his tranquil middle-class neighbourhood, eighteen-year-old Hisham doesn't quite fit in. He's a budding philosopher who spends his days reading banned books and developing his political ideals. His Saudi Arabia is a nation embroiled in inter... continue

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All This Could Be Different : A Novel by Sarah Thankam Mathews EN

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Country: Asia / India flag India
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2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST A New York Times Editors' Choice Pick “One of the buzziest, most human novels of the year…breathless, dizzying, and completely beautiful.” —Vogue “Dazzling and wholly original...[written] with such mordant wit, insight, and specificity, it feels like watching a new literary star being born in real time.” –Entertainment Weekly From a brilliant new voice comes an electrifying novel of a young immigrant building a life for herself—a warm, dazzling, and profound saga of queer love, friendship, work, and precarity in twenty-first century America Graduating into the... continue

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Before the Queen Falls Asleep by Huzama Habayeb EN

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Country: Asia / Kuwait flag Kuwait
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Born a girl to parents who expected a boy, Jihad grows up treated like the eldest son, wearing boy's clothing and sharing the financial burden of head of the household with her father. Now middle-aged, each night Jihad tells her daughter a story from her life. As Malika prepares to leave home to attend university abroad, her mother revisits the past of their Palestinian family, tenderly describing their life in exile in Kuwait and her own experiences of love and loss as she grows up. Huzama Habayeb weaves a richly observed and affectionate portrait of a Palestinian family displaced from their ... continue

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Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
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An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe - from one of Australia's most exciting new writers. Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to... continue

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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
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Loved THE BOOK THIEF? take a look at this! Ten years in the making the epic new novel from the acclaimed, prize-winning, bestselling author of THE BOOK THIEF Here is a story told inside out and back to front: The five Dunbar brothers are living with their menagerie of animals in the perfect chaos of a house without grownups. Today, the father who walked out on them long ago is about to walk right back in. And so the life of Clay, the quiet one with a harrowing secret, is about to change forever. From a grandfather, whose passion for the ancient Greeks still lights up their lives, to a mother a... continue

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Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne EN

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Country: Asia / Sri Lanka flag Sri Lanka
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London. On a bright July morning a series of bombs brings the capital to a halt. Simon Swann, a medic from one of the large teaching hospitals, is searching frantically amongst the chaos and the rubble. All around police sirens and ambulances are screaming but Simon does not hear. He is out of breath because he has been running, and he is distraught. But who is he looking for?

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Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo EN

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Back in print: an extraordinary first novel by'a writer to watch and to enjoy.'* Told in the voice of a girl as she moves from childhood into adolescence, Buxton Spice is the story the town of Tamarind Grove: its eccentric families, its sweeping joys, and its sudden tragedies. The novel brings to life 1970s Guyana-a world at a cultural and political crossroads-and perfectly captures a child's keen observations, sense of wonder, and the growing complexity of consciousness that marks the passage from innocence to experience.

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Die Möglichkeit von Glück by Anne Rabe DE

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Europe / Germany flag Germany
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In der DDR geboren, im wiedervereinigten Deutschland aufgewachsen. Als die Mauer fällt, ist Stine gerade einmal drei Jahre alt. Doch die Familie ist tief verstrickt. In ein System, von dem sie nicht lassen kann, und in den Glauben, das richtige Leben gelebt zu haben. Bestechend klar und kühn erzählt Anne Rabe von einer Generation, deren Herkunft eine Leerstelle ist. Stine kommt Mitte der 80er Jahre in einer Kleinstadt an der ostdeutschen Ostsee zur Welt. Sie ist ein Kind der Wende. Um den Systemwechsel in der DDR zu begreifen, ist sie zu jung, doch die vielschichtigen ideologis... continue

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Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson EN

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"Seventeen-year-old Chelsea March and was pretty satisfied with her life. Until recently. Willing to play the dutiful daughter as her father's bid to become Prime Minister of their island home brings her family into intense public scrutiny, Chelsea is swept along by the strong tidal wave of politics and becomes increasingly disturbed by her father's duplicity. She finds a reprieve when she meets Kyron, a kindred spirit encased in low riding blue jeans. The two share a bond as he too struggles to get beyond his father's shadow. But when Chelsea discovers an even darker more sinister side to her... continue

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Family Meal : A Novel by Bryan Washington EN

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“Tender and poignant, Washington’s latest hits the spot.” – PEOPLE Magazine From the bestselling, award-winning author of Memorial and Lot, an irresistible, intimate novel about two young men, once best friends, whose lives collide again after a loss. Cam is living in Los Angeles and falling apart after the love of his life has died. Kai's ghost won't leave Cam alone; his spectral visits wild, tender, and unexpected. When Cam returns to his hometown of Houston, he crashes back into the orbit of his former best friend, TJ, and TJ's family bakery. TJ's not sure how to navigate this changed Cam, ... continue