Best fiction books of 2010
An Ethiopian family struggles to stay together in "Beneath the Lion's Gaze," Maaza Méngiste's powerful debut novel set before and after the revolution that toppled Haile Selassie. A prominent doctor fighting for his life has also to mend divisions within his family. One son joins the revolution; the other stands back and waits for peaceful change. Jumping from one family member to the next, and even into the head of the emperor, Méngiste creates a story as richly complex as the times, and just as heartbreaking.