Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

LETTING LOOSE THE HOUNDS by Brady Udall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"He remains a writer worth watching. (Author tour)"
Eleven polished stories, a few of which have appeared in GQ and Playboy, that insist on their rawness and grit but seem to involve lots of writing-school posturing about cowboy life out in Utah, Texas, and Arizona. Read full book review >
GONE FISHIN' by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"No mystery, but a densely imagined prologue that goes a long way toward explaining why Easy spends so much of his adult life hamstrung by his deepest loyalties, as if every friendship were a life sentence."
Fans of Easy Rawlins who worry that he's been growing old too fast—Mosley's five novels from Devil in a Blue Dress (1990) to A Little Yellow Dog (p. 565) have carried him from 1948 to 1963—will be happy to have this prequel set in 1939, a slender coming-of-age story that takes Easy and his violent friend Raymond (Mouse) Alexander from their boyhood home in Houston's Fifth Ward to the aptly named town of Pariah, where Mouse plans to squeeze money out of his stepfather, Reese Corn, to underwrite his marriage to his sweetheart EttaMae. Read full book review >

SKIN DEEP, BLOOD RED by Robert E. Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"It's Farrell's own explosive situation, in fact, that rescues this procession of insubstantial tough guys and tougher janes who'd otherwise flicker into momentary life and be gone in a puff of smoke."
Shady New Orleans nightclub owner Wesley Farrell is an ex- janitor, ex-handyman, ex-boxer, and ex-Negro. Read full book review >
THE ERROR OF OUR WAYS by David Carkeet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Witty, good-natured, and completely convincing: Carkeet has managed, with sympathy and charm, to trace the exceptional adventures of an utterly ordinary man."
The sorrows of Job are visited upon a St. Read full book review >
WHITE WIDOW by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A childish and embarrassing work."
PBS newscaster Lehrer (Last Debate, 1995, etc.) gives us, in his tenth novel, all the reason a man could need for keeping clear of road trips with mysterious women. Read full book review >

ANDORRA by Peter Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"While the pace occasionally lags toward the climax, Cameron's sly, complex characters, wonderfully intelligent dialogue, and masterful pacing combine to create a cumulatively powerful tale of the unforgiving workings of fate. (First printing of 25,000; author tour)"
A precise, unsettling (if somewhat overlong) study of loss and duplicity. Read full book review >
DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN by Thomas Mallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

The famous headline declaring Truman defeated by Dewey inspires Mallon's (Henry and Clara, 1994, etc.) old-fashioned look into the lives of a handful of the residents of Thomas E. Dewey's hometown of Owosso (pop. 16,000), Michigan. Read full book review >
NEW YEAR'S EVE by Lisa Grunwald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A haunting rites-of-passage novel that, despite the required suspension of disbelief, is both profound and life-affirming. (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
A beguiling contemporary tale with a supernatural subtext features a family confronting, and then accepting, all those universal heartaches—a child's death, a parent's decline—that can visit even the most functional. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF WATER by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Nonetheless, a highly readable yarn and a complex, convincing exploration of the ramifications of jealousy. (Author tour)"
Though she fumbles slightly at the close, Shreve (Resistance, 1995, etc.) deftly juxtaposes a strained modern marriage and a century-old double murder. Read full book review >
HUNGRY FOR HOME by 'Asta Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Keep the Kleenex handy. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
The hard life of a wolf is believeably depicted in this impressive first novel. Read full book review >
LOVE WARPS THE MIND A LITTLE by John Dufresne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Dufresne has written a funny, profoundly accomplished saga of love and loss. (Author tour)"
The ever-colorful, mercurial Dufresne follows his acclaimed debut novel, Louisianan Power and Light (1994), with a finely balanced tale about how love's baffling turns both complicate and enrich the midlife of a struggling writer. Read full book review >
DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Only for the author's most rabid fans. (Author tour)"
A convoluted, long-winded tome from Gabaldon (Voyager, 1994, etc.), who brings back the Scottish rebel Jamie Fraser and Claire, a time-traveler from the 20th century and the love of his life, as they face the late 18th century with characteristic aplomb. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >