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10 Beach Reads by International Authors

There are many deserving authors making waves overseas, though their work tends to slide under the American radar. New releases out of Japan, Hungary, China and more are anything but predictable, adding an international flair to a summer reading list.

Award-winning Chinese author Mai Jia’s Decoded, based on the author’s years of work in Chinese intelligence, is a spy novel filled with cryptography, espionage and betrayal. Family turmoil and national history anchor Kenyan Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust. And, on the lighter side, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, by Swede Jonas Jonasson, is a humorous creation combining a maid, an atomic bomb and a pair of twins, while Japanese writer Minae Mizumura reimagines Wuthering Heights in A True Novel, set in post–World War II Japan.

Read on for ten books to pick up now.


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