Here's a thread idea: I read somewhere that the American author William Wharton--best known for his book "Birdy"--is the most popular American author in Poland. Maybe this isn't true anymore but it was at some point and it made me think. What makes someone like Wharton--a minor author by almost anyone's measure--appeal to readers in Poland?
Similarly, the American writer Douglas Kennedy--almost unknown in the states--is very popular in France. Most of his books haven't even come out in the states. The same is true, I believe, of an American woman writer in Italy--I forget her name. She's really big over there and nobody knows who she is here. I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on this.