What the world is reading: Fiction by bestselling authors

The two-hour closure of the Paris Railway sent a Vietnamese passenger into a surprisingly long city. A Japanese soldier continues to fight World War II years after his country’s surrender. Tired of having sex at work, a woman pretended to be pregnant to get out of some unpaid job.

Lively characters and unforgettable narratives are featured in five fictional works, first published abroad and recently translated into English. Written by authors from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, they provide a window into many cultures, traditions, and national histories that may not be familiar to English-speaking readers.

Finding Family Secrets

Two separated childhood friends meet as adults in “Cocoon”, a complicated and engaging story by Zhang Yueran.

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