So what did folks recommend?
My picks were
- The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer, a wonderful epic love story about Europe, especially France and Hungary, during World War 2;
- Asta in the Wings, by Jan Elizabeth Watson, a beautiful novel about the wonder of childhood and more a literary take on the ground covered in Emma Donoghue's much-more-lauded Room, and
- Heliopolis, a fab literary page turner by James Scudamore about the city of Sao Paolo and the people who live there.
I'll be honest- I didn't get notes on the other speakers' picks (or take any pictures- how lame am I?). But I'm sure if you visit their wonderful blogs you can find out!