Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

MORNING AND EVENING by Jon Fosse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2015

"A brief yet dense contemplative sketch weighted with spiritual touches."
A fisherman confronts his life, loves, and mortality in this elliptical, somber novella. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB by David Lagercrantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast-moving, credible, and intelligently told. Larsson fans won't be disappointed."
Lisbeth Sander returns, bruises raw and dander up, in this continuing installment of the late Stieg Larsson's crime series. Read full book review >

COLD FEET by Amy Fitzhenry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Despite some shortcomings, the story is a solid page-turner sprinkled with clever observations about the nature of romantic love."
Before Emma Moon ties the knot, she wants to know why her father walked out on her months after she was born. Read full book review >
Defender of Jerusalem by Helena P. Schrader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans of the genre will find much to treasure in this action-ready, if occasionally simplified, historical depiction."
Schrader (Knight of Jerusalem, 2014, etc.) delivers the second book in a historical fiction trilogy about12th-century crusader Balian d'Ibelin.Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF BLOOD AND BONE by Rebecca Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Heartfelt but complicated rather than subtle, this novel offers plenty of suspense."
Alexander hits her stride, adding werewolves to the vampires, witches, and revenants of the series opener (The Secrets of Life and Death, 2014).Read full book review >

THE ADMISSIONS by Meg Mitchell Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Moore's readers may find this book cuts a little too close to home."
The members of a high-achieving Marin County family face their fears: applying to college, blowing a deal, revealing their secrets. Read full book review >
THE GILDED HOUR by Sara Donati
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Page-turning and atmospheric, Donati's novel leaves readers with plenty of questions, perhaps signaling a sequel to come."
Another meticulously researched period drama with dashes of mystery and romance from Donati, this time set in 1880s New York. Read full book review >
A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A thrilling—and hilarious—beginning to a promising new series."
Determined to live an independent life, Veronica Speedwell is anything but a proper Victorian lady. So when her home is attacked during her aunt's funeral, a rollicking adventure ensues. Read full book review >
MOURNER'S BENCH by Sanderia Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An astute coming-of-age tale set against an all-too-relevant background."
In her debut novel, Faye sensitively explores the turbulence of the civil rights movement in small-town Arkansas through the eyes of a young African-American girl grappling with her religious beliefs. Read full book review >
A BEAM OF LIGHT by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Montalbano's 19th outing has a more melancholy tone than his previous cases (Game of Mirrors, 2015, etc.) but also boasts a nifty, twisty mystery at its core."
A full plate of unsolved crimes is not enough to prevent a veteran Sicilian police inspector from flirting with disaster. Read full book review >
INFINITE IN BETWEEN by Carolyn Mackler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Characters live, grow, and ultimately come of age in a beautifully constructed world. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A Breakfast Club-style, randomly assigned freshman orientation group experiences the highs and lows of four years of high school.Read full book review >
HOLLOW MAN by Mark Pryor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"In a departure from his Hugo Marston series (The Reluctant Matador, 2015, etc.), Pryor has produced an audacious stand-alone that dares the reader to sympathize with a coldblooded killer whose lack of empathy allows his cunning to run free."
Austin's music scene provides the backdrop for a creepy psychological thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >