This book gave me a convenient break from the heavier content of my recent reading. While bound in book form, The Embassy of Cambodia is caught between being a short story and a novella.
It’s only 68 small pages but covers a lot of ground relating to the life of a migrant worker in London.
Misunderstanding, suspicion, exploitation and ignorance: the companions of someone far from family and the familiar. Someone who finds a degree of compensation in simple pleasures
Maybe its cheating a little to count this as a book in my 2016 tally, but its brevity and simplicity compensate for the difficulty of other things on my list so far.
The story can be found here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/02/11/the-embassy-of-cambodia