95 Andorra: Michèle Gazier – Die Blaumerle
I’m not sure this book has actually been translated into English – if not, it’s a great loss. ‘The Blue Rock Thrush’ is, however, not the main feature of the book. This place is taken by an elderly French lady, her ornithologist husband, and a young man who turns out to be a refugee from somewhere in North Africa. I greatly enjoyed reading about how their lives intertwined. The story not only touches on loneliness in old age, hypocrisy and family matters, but there’s also a lot about how our identities are being shaped and changed.
96 US Virgin Islands: Tiphanie Yanique – Land of Love and Drowning
Firstly, many thanks to my parents for this remarkable Christmas present. In some ways, this book reminded me of Isabel Allende’s ‘The House of Spirits’, in particular in that it tells the story of three generations of a family who have to deal with economical and political upheaval. On top of that, ghost and the supernatural featured heavily too. Nevertheless, it has its very own character. The parts of the story where Kittsian figures are being confronted with racism from US-Americans were those I found especially strong.
97 Saint Kitts & Nevis: Caryl Phillips – A State of Independence
This was another short but intriguing book about a small place in the Caribbean. Family issues, jealousy, corruption and much more were touched upon. I particularly liked how the author managed to form three-dimensional characters within a few sentences.
I found all three books worth reading. If you have a recommendation for a country or territory which I haven’t covered yet, please say so in the comments, especially for any Pacific Nations and the Gulf States. Thanks.