Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

A CHANGE OF HEART by Sonali Dev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dev takes the characters and the reader on a death-defying ride. A novelist at the height of her powers."
Mystery, adventure, and romance are spiced with Bollywood glamour in this heart-stopping novel. Read full book review >
THE TENGU'S GAME OF GO by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Expect graphic violence, fairy-tale magic, flights of comedy, and operatic melodrama but also genuine intimacy and tragedy."
The four-book Tale of the Shikanoko series reaches its finale as destiny has its way, determining once and for all who will be emperor of Hearn's fantasy feudal Japan. Read full book review >

THE GUSTAV SONATA by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Spanning the decades from 1937 to 2002, Tremain's novel is less sprawling than it is deeply intimate, a soul-stirring song about friendship, conscience, and love."
Like an intense, beautiful, and deeply moving piece of music, Tremain's captivating historical novel hits all the right notes. Read full book review >
THE BLACK NOTEBOOK by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An atmospheric, smoky, sepia-toned whodunit, though more for fans of Camus than Chandler."
"Around us, you're in danger of catching leprosy": French Nobel Prize winner Modiano (Villa Triste, 2016, etc.) explores the criminal demimonde in a short but potent novel that's as elegant as Claude Rains and as sinister as Peter Lorre. Read full book review >
DON'T I KNOW YOU? by Marni Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A one-trick pony, with a pretty good trick."
A writer's life is studded with celebrity appearances in this whimsical collection of linked stories. Read full book review >

SURFACE TO AIR by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"When you've published more than 200 spy novels, as de Villiers (1929-2013) did, some are bound to be unnervingly prescient. This one, which reads like a retro parody of James Bond (the high-tech weaponry! the double-crosses! the garter belts!), won't cost you a single night's sleep."
A guileless would-be terrorist looking to buy a missile stirs up a hornet's nest of Russian and American agents, each working his own dangerous angle. Read full book review >
MERCURY by Margot Livesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Uncharacteristically dark, yet more evidence of Livesey's formidable gifts."
Another probing study of the way character shapes our destinies from the author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy (2012), etc. Read full book review >
WOMAN OF GOD by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"A high-concept pitch, a potboiler on the page, and a protagonist to cheer for, but the authors do not quite tie it all together."
Chronicling the life of physician-turned-priest Brigid Fitzgerald, Patterson (The Christmas Wedding, 2011, etc.) and Paetro hurry through a tale where angels fear to tread. Read full book review >
Genuinely Dangerous by Mike McCrary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"An energetic tale that will make readers root for its disreputable characters."
In McCrary's (Remo Went Rogue, 2013, etc.) latest crime novel, an out-of-work screenwriter decides to trail criminals documentary-style, with expectedly violent results.Read full book review >
THE MIGHTY CURRAWONGS by Brian Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"A nimble and very funny collection of stories from a writer who clearly values the human condition in all its myriad forms."
A collection of 31 delightful short stories from Doyle (Chicago, 2016, etc.), a prolific writer and editor of Portland Magazine. Read full book review >
TYNSET by Wolfgang Hildesheimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"An opaquely powerful work about obsession, delusion, repression, and guilt."
An insomniac's thoughts ravel out across the night. Read full book review >
The Troubleseeker by Alan Lessik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2016

"A handsome but tormented Cuban man finds both joy and hardship in this operatic novel."
Olympian and Santería mythologies merge in this international romance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >