Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

STANDARD DEVIATION by Katherine Heiny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2017

"An amusingly engaging take on long-term marriage with a lovably loopy character at its center."
In her debut novel, the author of the charming short story collection Single, Carefree, Mellow (2015) matures into new (equally beguiling) terrain, exploring marriage, fidelity, friendship, and parenting. Read full book review >
VANISHING POINT by E.V. Legters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2017

"A heartbreaking and exquisite story about emotional violence."
A novel traces a forlorn woman's romantic and artistic journey. Read full book review >

OUR DEAD WORLD by Liliana Colanzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2017

"An unpredictable, formally inventive collection of stories still leaves something wanting."
The real and the unreal merge in this latest collection by a young Bolivian writer. Read full book review >
ANGEL STATION by Jachym Topol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2017

"A graphic, grungy tale of addiction and consequences."
A Czech junkie blows his last shot at redemption. Read full book review >
THE SOVEREIGN by Andrew Elias Colarusso
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2017

"Readers with a taste for literary experimentalism and the Caribbean diaspora may take interest in Colarusso's effort."
Magical realism makes its way to Puerto Rico tinged with surrealism, post-realism, postmodernism, and even a little technospeak. Read full book review >

JUST ONE TOUCH by Maya Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Paranormal elements blend with everyday experiences to add a dash of the unexpected to a traditional romance story."
A traumatized woman heals a weather-beaten security agent with a combination of supernatural powers and ordinary human compassion, discovering her own identity in the process. Read full book review >
LITTLE SISTER by Barbara Gowdy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"This imaginative, alluring novel from an acclaimed Canadian author unspools steadily and grippingly and may earn Gowdy many new fans stateside."
The electrifying story of a cinema owner who finds herself living another woman's life whenever it storms. Read full book review >
THE FROZEN HOURS by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Brilliant, thoroughly readable historical fiction."
In the bitter cold winter of 1950, in the middle of the Korean War, hell froze over for Gen. O.P. Smith as his 1st Marine Division led MacArthur's push to the Yalu River at the China-Korea border. Read full book review >
A LIFE WORTHWHILE by K.C. Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Awkward prose undermines this story of troubled siblings, despite its strong sense of place."
Brothers cope with difficult circumstances in this debut novel set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Read full book review >
NEST IN THE BONES by Antonio  Di Benedetto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Di Benedetto's view of the world is gloomy, his writing precise and poetic. It's a winning combination."
Collection of stories by the newly rediscovered Argentinean writer Di Benedetto (1922-86), who blends the fantastic sensibilities of Borges and Kafka with the profound pessimism of Dostoyevsky. Read full book review >
THE DYING DETECTIVE by Leif G.W. Persson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A knotty, sinuous story that leads to a hard-won resolution—and a decidedly conclusive end."
Swedish mysterian Persson (Linda, As in the Linda Murder, 2016, etc.) brings a memorable creation to a close in this pensive whodunit. Read full book review >
BEASTS HEAD FOR HOME by Kobo Abe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"With subtle echoes of a samurai classic, Abe's autobiographical novel is a memorable portrait of statelessness, exile, and wandering."
You can't go home again—especially when you don't know where home is. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >