Long Haul

A SUNDAY AT THE POOL IN KIGALI
By Gil Courtemanche
Love amid war is an ancient literary conceit, but Courtemanche gives it a twist. The journalist-turned-novelist, who reported on the Rwandan genocide during the '90s, sets his unlikely but touching tale against that bloody backdrop. "Passion feeds on abandon," he writes. So it is for his protagonists, who kindle an affair as the country, riven by AIDS and ethnic slaughter but neglected by the rest of the world, descends into chaos.

MY LIFE AS A FAKE
By Peter Carey
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