His new book, Strength in What Remains, follows a refugee from ethnic violence in Burundi and from genocide in Rwanda who returns to Africa to open a medical clinic.
For The Week magazine, Kidder named his six best books.
One book on his list:
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (Vintage, $15).Read about the other five books on Kidder's list.
To me, this is Nabokov at his very best. Among Pale Fire’s astonishing contents is a long and rather lovely poem written by a principal character: a poem written by Nabokov, of course, but not by Nabokov, as it were. This is one of the strangest and funniest novels I know.
Pale Fire is the novel Charles Storch would save for last. It is one of "6 Memorable Books About Writers Writing" yet it disappointed Ha Jin upon rereading.