Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

CHRISTMAS DAYS by Jeanette Winterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Spooky, inventive, funny, maybe a tad didactic or cloying here and there, Winterson's mixed bag of fictional treats has a 19th-century charm much needed in the grim 21st."
Ghosts, fairies, self-revelation, and friendly seasonal recipes give this collection a potentially wide-ranging appeal for readers as well as gift shoppers. Read full book review >
THE MORAVIAN NIGHT by Peter Handke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A sad story—perhaps, but one in which fantasy and history dance nimbly. Stellar."
The renowned Austrian novelist looks back on a body of work and a terrible century in this elegiac tale, first published in German in 2008. Read full book review >

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE? by Kathleen Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Astonishing and essential. A gem."
Published for the first time nearly 30 years after the author's death at age 46, this gorgeous and strikingly intimate short story collection focuses on the lives and loves of black Americans in the 1960s. Read full book review >
BAD BOY by Elliot Wake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A fast-paced, mind-bending romantic thriller from an author with humor, heart, and big writing muscles."
A transgender YouTube vlogger has a secret identity as a social justice vigilante. Read full book review >
IN THE SKIN OF A MONSTER by Kathryn Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A highly original, richly layered debut that will reward patient readers. (Paranormal fiction. 14 & up)"
A white teenage girl finds herself caught in a nightmare version of her own world in this affecting Australian debut. Read full book review >

NOVELS, TALES, JOURNEYS by Alexander Pushkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"A long overdue collection that speaks truly and well to Pushkin's brilliance as a prose stylist as well as observer of the world."
Superb gathering of writings by the short-lived author Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), best known as a poet—but, argues translator Pevear, also "the true originator of Russian prose." Read full book review >
WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A terrific read by a stellar author."
When her stepsister disappears, Charlotte teams up with a private investigator to find her only to discover years' worth of deception and secrets. Read full book review >
WILD AT WHISKEY CREEK by Julie Anne Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A splendid, delectable romance."
Glory Greenleaf has big dreams and a penchant for drama, while Deputy Sheriff Eli Barlow believes in law, order, and Glory's incandescent talent, so when their soul-scorching attraction interferes with her big break, Eli realizes he may love her too much to hold on to her. Read full book review >
THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR by Kate Noble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Not to be missed."
An amateur horticulturalist from Lincolnshire travels to London to show off her hybrid roses—and to visit a handsome doctor who has been writing her letters. Read full book review >
CONCLAVE by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An illuminating read for anyone interested in the inner workings of the Catholic Church; for prelate-fiction superfans, it is pure temptation."
Harris, creator of grand, symphonic thrillers from Fatherland (1992) to An Officer and a Spy (2014), scores with a chamber piece of a novel set in the Vatican in the days after a fictional pope dies. Read full book review >
The Dead of August by Panayotis  Cacoyannis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"A sophisticated, comic novel that brilliantly captures the triumph and folly of art, media, and publishing."
A London obituary writer is called to the home of a reclusive artist with a mysterious agenda in Cacoyannis' debut novel. Read full book review >
THE MUSEUM AT THE END OF THE WORLD by John Metcalf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Metcalf applies wit, humor, and fine writing to themes of friendship, culture, commitment, and integrity—and all the petty things in life that seek to quash them. This is a book that could restore anyone's faith in the pleasure of reading."
These four related fictions follow a British boy's coming-of-age and his older self enduring a world that rarely lives up to his standards. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >