compelling, poignant novel set on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius toward
the end of World War II, when two boys—a nine-year-old native and a Jewish
refugee—discover the powers of both friendship and fate. A Discover Great
New Writers selection.
May 24: Joseph Brodsky was born on this day in 1940 in Leningrad. Brodsky's constitutional skepticism was not compatible with the official Soviet alternatives, and by age twenty-five he was in prison, wrapped in cold, wet sheets as…