Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra
Meet the author: Zambra is hailed as one of Chile's brightest young writers. Plot notes: This book seems to be about an earthquake that affects a 9-year-old living outside of Santiago. However (spoiler alert!), then the story shifts and the reader discovers that the first part of the book is a novel written by the 30-something narrator. Reading between the lines: The novel jumps from past to present to patch together a story about a generation living under Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.