There are so many great books set outside the US that I had a hard time picking a top ten! I mostly tried to avoid European settings as well, because they are also super common. I also limited this to classics, nonfiction, and near-classics. That helped me to narrow the list to the following ten, and even that was difficult to cull to ten!
- We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (Russia)
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
- The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck (China)
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Cuba)
- Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (South Africa)
- Germinal by Emile Zola (France)
- The Painted Veil by William Somerset Maugham (Britain, China)
- Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (Iran)
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Jamaica, Dominica, Britain)
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Mexico)
Have you read any of these? Did you like them? What are some of your favorites off this list?
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