Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1818)

I'LL BE HOME LATE TONIGHT by Susan Thames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A tale of degradation and desperation, for those who like their coming-of-age stories extra noir."
Mother and daughter flee home with too little money and no plans in this depressing and catharsis-free first novel—set in the '50s—by the author of the story collection As Much As I Know (1992). Read full book review >
THE MERCY SEAT by Rilla Askew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A magnificent debut novel. (Author tour)"
Oklahoma native Askew follows the spare, haunting stories of her debut collection, Strange Business (1992), with a wrenching Cain-and-Abel first novel set in a vividly realized 19th-century American West. Read full book review >

ENEMY OF GOD by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Rousing, persuasive entertainment."
The second volume in the prolific Cornwell's robust Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, 1996), an ambitious embroidering of the saga of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Read full book review >
HEAVEN IN HIGH GEAR by Joan Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Smarmalade."
It's no great compliment to call Brady's sequel a two-character knockoff of The Bridges of Madison County, as was said here of her debut, God on a Harley (1995). Read full book review >
UNDER AFRICAN SKIES by Charles R. Larson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A necessary volume for anyone seeking an introduction to modern African literature."
An overview of contemporary writing from Africa, drawing together 27 stories produced over the past three decades. Read full book review >

SKELETON CANYON by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Most of the sitcom-shaped intrigues are so lightweight that the homicidal complications seem to have been airlifted in from Jance's tougher, stronger J.P. Beaumont series (Name Withheld, etc.)."
A year after they played Romeo and Juliet at summer camp, recent Bisbee High grads Brianna O'Brien and Ignacio Ybarra are at it again, this time for real. Read full book review >
STATE OF MIND by John Katzenbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Less gory than one might expect, and less psychologically compelling than the narrative would want us to believe: Katzenbach is not likely to keep anyone guessing too long, but the action is fast-paced and most of the story's loose ends are smartly tied. (Author tour)"
Jeffrey Clayton, a criminology professor and noted expert on serial killers, is handed an unusual assignment: tracking down a mass murderer who just might be his long-presumed-dead father. Read full book review >
TALES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"But even without it this attractive volume offers a fine chance to sample Lovecraft's ghoulish pleasures."
A collection of ten prototypical stories by Lovecraft (1890-1937), the influential myth-and monster-maker of Providence, Rhode Island, whose extravagantly gothic tales have spawned and inspired such latterday disciples as Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell. Read full book review >
THE ECSTATIC MOMENT by Marianna Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A useful (and occasionally stirring) overview of a burgeoning field."
The contemporary upsurge of interest in erotica got a boost from Libido magazine, which, since 1988, has published an extraordinary range of erotic fiction. Read full book review >
IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE by E. Lynn Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"What starts off as an amiable enough soap opera quickly becomes mired in byzantine subplots and friends-stick-by-each-other clichÇs. (Author tour)"
A journal-writing group helps four black college friends see each other through major and minor crises, in Harris's fourth outing (And This Too Shall Pass, 1996, etc.) Read full book review >
DREAMS OF MY SIBERIAN SUMMERS by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A superb exploration of the sustaining power of memory, and one of the most distinctive novels of the season."
A mesmerizing celebration of the influence of memory and longing in shaping our imaginations and lives, by a Russian novelist of substantial power and originality. Read full book review >
MEN GIVING MONEY, WOMEN YELLING by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Sebastian Squirrel''), both moving and entirely convincing."
Fifteen interlinked stories in a salty, tough-minded third collection from Mattison (Great Wits, 1988; The Flight of Andy Burns, 1993). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >