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1. West with the Night by Beryl Markham, published in 1942, set in British East Africa, before Kenya was Kenya. I love, love this classic book and will gush about it for years I fear. The author was a British citizen but lived in Kenya most of her life.
2. The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan, published in 2016, set in Ivory Coast in West Africa. About the near slavery endured by workers in the cacao plantations. The author is a US citizen who has lived in many places around the world.
3. Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier, published in 2015 in USA, set in Australia the Razorhurst area of Sydney in the 1930s. A fascinating look at a piece of history I never heard about before reading this book. The author is Australian.
4. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham, published in 2016 in the USA, set in the UK. The best LGBT book I've ever read which isn't really a LGBT book. Go figure. The author is British.
5. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, published in the 2016, set in the late 1200s in what is now Southern France. This is my favorite YA book so far this year.
6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, published in 2016, set during the last days of WWII in what was called West Prussia, which I think is Poland today.
7. Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron, pub. in 2012, about the Rwandan genocide. It won the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaging literature.
8. Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell, published in 2015, set in Japan about a boy dying from ALS and his attempts at living the life he wants.
9. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx, published in 1993, set in Newfoundland, Canada. I love this quirky book. It has long been a favorite.
10. The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley, published in 2014, set in Ireland, it has a historical feel to it since it is also set in the 1980s.
I will keep going since I am having so much fun...
11. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, published in 2013, set half in British Columbia, Canada and and half in Japan. A unique and superbly written tale. The author is American-Canadian.
12. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, published in 2007, set partially in Dominican Republic, this book is so good it won the Pulitzer Prize the year it was published. The author is Dominican-American
13. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, published in 2013, set in Australia where the main character has Aspberger's syndrome. It is hilarious. The author is Australian.
14. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman, published in 2014, set in India, the main character struggles to learn to dance again after losing a leg. The author is Indian.
15. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, published in 2004, set in Spain. I am a big fan of this author. This is a very atmospheric book. The author is Spanish.
16. In Darkness by Nick Lake, published in 2012, set in Haiti, tells the story of Haiti's history and events in modern times.
17. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, 1989, set in Mexico in the Magical Realism style, Weird but wonderful. The author is Mexican.
one more and I'll stop (but I could go on)
18. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Murial Barbery. published in 2008, set in France, is a top ten book of mine but it is not light reading. The author is French.