Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

INTRUSION by Mary McCluskey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"Haunting and lyrical, understated and true."
A couple mourning the death of their teenage son in a freak accident confront past secrets while facing the uncertain future of their marriage in McCluskey's debut. Read full book review >
NO GOOD TO CRY by Andrew Lanh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Lanh (Return to Dust, 2015, etc.) poses an excellent mystery with a surprising twist while exploring the psychological scars inflicted by a war long ago."
Can solving a tough case expiate a detective's private sins? Read full book review >

A MEAL IN WINTER by Hubert Mingarelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"The command of tone and voice sustains tension until the very last page of a novel that will long resonate in the reader's conscience."
A simple Holocaust story presents a complex moral equation. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE ANIMALS by Bill Broun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"An impressive, richly imagined, deeply urgent story."
An Orwellian debut explodes ancient lore and contemporary technology to create a prescient, terrifying dystopia. Read full book review >
ABSALOM'S DAUGHTERS by Suzanne Feldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"A searing and magical debut by a monumental new talent."
When Cassie and Judith catch wind that their runaway father is set to inherit a passel of money in far-off Virginia, they take off to claim their share. Read full book review >

AN INNOCENT FASHION by R. J.  Hernández
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Honest and absurd, funny and tragic, wild and lovely, this novel describes modern coming-of-age with poetic precision."
Hernández portrays the scope of dreams, love, and the fashion industry in this literary debut. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT by Catherine Banner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Ah, what fun. Don't miss it."
The story of a family-run bar on a tiny island off the coast of Sicily, from 1914 to 2009. Read full book review >
CHAMPION OF THE WORLD by Chad Dundas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Dundas suggests writers known for loosely historical works, such as Doctorow and Chabon, but he features a pared-down, punchy style that goes well with his characters' basic raw ambitions and emotions."
In 1920s America, when professional wrestling is in its dying years as a serious sport, one high-stakes contest brings together athletes, gangsters, and long-suffering women in this fine debut. Read full book review >
HEARTBREAKER by Maryse Meijer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A dark and surprising new voice in short fiction."
The edgy stories in Meijer's debut collection cut like so many wild teeth: sharp, deep, and unforgiving. Read full book review >
NINETY-NINE STORIES OF GOD by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Admirers of Williams—and anyone who treasures a story well told should be one—will find much to like here."
"Hell is unpleasant. Heaven is more pleasant." Williams, maker of superb short fictions, plumbs the distinction in this slender, evocative collection. Read full book review >
STRANGER, FATHER, BELOVED by Taylor Larsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An emotionally intelligent family drama that examines the breaking point of a marriage."
Larsen makes a noteworthy debut with a family drama that explores loyalty, lies, and well-being. Read full book review >
HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"In her scintillating, provocative new book, Levy combines intellect and empathy to impressively modern effect."
Kinship, gender, Medusas—this rich new novel from a highly regarded British writer dazzles and teases with its many connections while exposing the double-edged sword of mother-daughter love. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >