Readers who sought out Gerbrand Bakker's terrific, gay-ish, IMPAC Dublin winning debut The Twin will have to work harder to find his quieter second novel, The Detour. You can search for a used, English translation copy imported from the UK, or you can wait six more months until Penguin releases it in the dead of winter further obscured by the bland new title, Ten White Geese [Kindle]. The simple story unfolds in an isolated Welsh farmhouse, rented by a rather severe Dutch woman who ignores her illness and reads a whole lot of Emily Dickinson. The two plot threads are 1) who she left behind in the Netherlands and their reaction, and 2) the adorable hiker and his dog who walk into her life. Although this novel's homoerotic quotient is zero, Bakker through his heroine does linger over the finer aspects of the young man's body. The book calls to mind the more subdued and melancholy of William Trevor's work, which for the unitiated is high praise.