I’ve been working with Shepherd.com, a fabulous site that features books, books, and more books. When they asked me to pick my favorite books of the year–and to keep them to just three–I had to really think about it. I ended up picking three books I’ve thought a lot about after reading them.
Kairos is a difficult novel about a teenage girl who gets into a tumultuous relationship with an older man. The 1980s East Berlin setting is the real story and the romance seems–at least at the end–to symbolize the end of divided Berlin and Germany and the end of the Cold War.
Grey Bees seems fitting because of the war in Ukraine. Boris Dralyuk is one of my favorite translators and I love how he brings alive Andrey Kurkov’s story in English.
Fortune’s Bazaar is a must-read for anyone interested in Hong Kong, then or now. You’ll never think of Mody Road or Chater House the same!