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‘The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol’, by Elias Khoury

One of the Arab world’s most celebrated novelists explores the dislocating effects of civil war on a city’s inhabitants. Review by Azadeh Moaveni

‘The Girl on the Train’, by Paula Hawking

A drunk is the heroine and unreliable narrator of a debut thriller. Review by John Gapper

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‘Etta and Otto and Russell and James’, by Emma Hooper

An elderly farmer’s wife sets out to cross Canada by foot in this quirky novel. Review by Isabel Berwick

‘The Lightning Tree’, by Emily Woof

A boldly constructed novel interweaves stories of first love, loss and disturbing family secrets. Review by Ming Liu

‘The Offering’, by Grace McCleen

A coming of age tale about a girl’s faith and psychological collapse. Review by Laura Battle

‘In Real Life’, by Chris Killen

A decade after graduation, three university friends’ disappointment with the real world contrasts with their digital nostalgia. Review by Jon Day

‘Academy Street’, by Mary Costello

A pared-down debut encapsulates an entire lifetime to powerful effect

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‘Lurid & Cute’, by Adam Thirlwell

In his freewheeling, digressive third novel, the author has produced a dazzlingly imaginative comic noir. Review by Alex Preston

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‘Red Cavalry’, by Isaac Babel

A new translation of Isaac Babel’s Soviet war stories reminds us of his brilliance. Review by Rebecca Abrams

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‘Honeydew’, by Edith Pearlman

Stories of deathbed weddings and suburban gossip find beauty in apparently forsaken scenarios. Review by Claire Messud