The American: For Italy & the World
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The End of Faith
By Marc Alan Di Martino
Pajtim Statovci's novel of personal and family displacement (and odd pets) is a shining debut.
Jesse Ball's study of teen alienation, while persuasive, heads for and reaches a dead end.
Modiano's slender 1978 psychological thriller remains a superb and disturbing Parisian novel.
Amelia Gray is adept enough with grotesqueness to make it feel second nature, and that's a gift.
Jensen Beach's 15 stories are set in Sweden and convey equal doses of wisdom and melancholy.