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Dance of Shadows

Yelena BlackBloomsbury, 2013, pp 369, 399Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school — the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. Soon she attracts the attention of three men: Zep, Justin and Josef. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead. 
The black coat

Neamat ImamPenguin, 2013, pp 240, 499It is the 1970s. Bangladesh is an independent nation. But thousands are pouring into Dhaka from all over the country, looking for food and shelter. Among them is Nur Hussain, an uneducated young man, who is only good at mimicking the prime ministers. He turns up at journalist Khaleque Biswas’s doorstep. Khaleque has the idea of turning Nur into a fake Sheikh Mujib.
The Nanologues

Venessa AbleHachette, 2013, pp 316, 399What does it take to drive across a nation full of rash drivers and maddening traffic? As Vanessa Able discovered, all it takes is a little bit of gumption, infinite reserves of patience, and the world’s cheapest car — the Tata Nano. Filled with wisdom gleaned from the dusty highways, it is an ode to the road and to the unparalleled experience that is driving in India.
Waiting for the sunrise

William BoydBloomsbury, 2013, pp 429, 399Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, sits in the waiting room of the city’s pre-eminent psychiatrist as he anxiously ponders the particularly intimate nature of his neurosis. When the enigmatic, intensely beautiful Hettie Bull walks in, Lysander is  drawn to her, unaware of how destructive their subsequent affair will be. 

Sundara RamaswamyPenguin, 2013, pp 187, 299One of the most versatile and innovative among contemporary Tamil writers, Sundara Ramaswamy’s early stories focus on ordinary people leading ordinary lives, and are full of gems by way of characterisation: the policeman and the priest of the Nadi Krishna temple in ‘Prasadam’, and Varadan and Joswyn in ‘True Love’ remain unforgettable, despite their pedestrian lives. 
A brief Candle 

Pradeep GulatiNotion Press, 2013, pp 165, 175Life is not meant to be a brief candle, but a flaming torch; however, sometimes, the flame dies... This sums up Victor and Anju’s story. Shy, awkward, introverted Victor Sood falls in love with his friend’s next-door neighbour — fun-loving, confident, extroverted Anju. Their plans for the future are coming together beautifully, when fate strikes.

Neeta IyerJaico, 2013, pp 199, 199Meet 29-year-old Swati Kannan who believes in bells chiming and violins playing when you meet your very own Prince Charming. But Cupid hasn’t visited Swati, who is determined to bring an end to her misery and goes on an online groom-hunt.