Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

CESS by Gordon Lish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"As much a game as a book, Lish's latest doesn't quite track for the plot-driven. Language lovers will enjoy it, though, and it's a sight more challenging than your average morning sudoku."
Noted editor and somewhat less noted writer Lish (Krupp's Lulu: Stories, 2000, etc.) serves up a post-Joycean slice of mannered modernism to mark the twilight of his years ("I'm gaining on 90…").Read full book review >
Mind Over Bullies  by D.K. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Complex, layered YA that easily appeals to adults, too.
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In this intricate YA tale, teenagers with special skills unite to confront bullying, though they end up fighting crime, murder, and terrorism. Read full book review >

LANDFALL by Ellen Urbani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2015

"Though the novel is occasionally unconvincing, its compassionate heart and clear eyes will surely touch some readers."
Along with the levees of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina breaks open two families of women, revealing—and creating—unexpected ties of the heart. Read full book review >
A Village in the Fields by Patty Enrado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2015

"Multilayered, empathetic, and touching account of a workingman's life."
In Enrado's debut novel, a retired Filipino farmworker looks back on his long and costly struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >
Death By Arbitrage or Live Low Die High by Urno Barthel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"An extremely clever thriller that dazzles on every level."
This third volume in a series of techno-thrillers pits Chester and Urno's (Death by Tech, 2014, etc.) scientist/sleuth against murderous inside traders. Read full book review >

IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Like the Glass House itself, this novel is 'a tiger's enclosure, with nowhere to hide' and with a constant undercurrent of danger. Read it on a dark and stormy night—with all the lights on."
In Ware's debut, a reclusive crime writer reunites with a long-lost friend during a weekend hen party that goes horribly wrong. Read full book review >
A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Women may not be able to have it all, but this novel can."
What happens when a book lover gets caught up in the tech world? Read full book review >
MARRIED SEX by Jesse Kornbluth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"If you like your sexy books soft-core, highbrow, and bi-curious, here's a hot couple hours for you."
A libidinous fairy tale with an unusual Prince Charming. Read full book review >
WOMAN OF THE DEAD by Bernhard Aichner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Gory, explicit, and crammed with dialogue that is often profane as well as curt, this tale of a woman brimming with hate and vengeance won't be for everyone."
Bloody corpses and an intriguing protagonist combine to flesh out Aichner's violent tale. Read full book review >
THE FOLLY by Ivan Vladislavic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Playful fiction with a corresponding (and paradoxical) seriousness of intent."
A slim, symbolic novel with allegorical overtones by a noted South African novelist and short story writer. Read full book review >
DON'T GET ME WRONG by Marianne Kavanagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Kavanagh creates a story of family bonds and romantic misunderstandings that manages to be both heartwarming and heartbreaking."
Kim and Harry don't have anything in common—except their love of Kim's sister, Eva. Read full book review >
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"This is a readable debut whose lapses into triteness betray the author's youth even as they belie his potential."
In 2011, a Chicago family splinters under the impact of crises that range from marital strife to war crimes. 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 >