Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE SUNLIGHT PILGRIMS by Jenni Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"More fine work from this gifted Scottish writer."
There are three suns in the sky and it's minus 6 degrees in Britain as Fagan's gently apocalyptic new novel opens in November 2020. Read full book review >
MONTEREY BAY by Lindsay Hatton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Along with creating a fully realized, realistic heroine seen across decades, Hatton is a writer of often exceptional prose, sometimes overwrought but always thoughtful."
Margot Fiske is seen at ages 15 and 73 as she variously pursues and recalls her relationship with marine biologist Ed Ricketts and relates how she came to run an aquarium. Read full book review >

HERE COMES THE SUN by Nicole Dennis-Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Haunting and superbly crafted, this is a magical book from a writer of immense talent and intelligence."
The lives of three generations of women in Jamaica intersect as they try to build better lives. Read full book review >
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE by Maggie O’Farrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Juicy and cool, this could be O'Farrell's U.S. breakthrough book."
A reclusive French film star, her American linguist husband, and their exes, parents, siblings, and children from various marriages feature in a sophisticated story about love. Read full book review >
FALL FROM GRACE by Tim Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Readers who despair after a hundred pages that all the plotlines Weaver has launched can't possibly fit together are strongly urged to persist. They do indeed all fit together, and the monstrous pattern that emerges is as devastating as in any of Ross Macdonald's nightmares."
Missing persons specialist David Raker (Never Coming Back, 2014, etc.) goes hunting for a vanished copper and finds a whole lot more in this endless, deeply felt, un-put-downable thriller. Read full book review >

THE INSEPARABLES by Stuart Nadler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Love this writer. Love these characters."
Three generations of smart, articulate women deal with challenging life passages. Read full book review >
THE BAKER STREET JURORS by Michael Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Robertson, who seems to command an unlimited stream of clever ideas for recycling the Holmes legend without resuscitating the great man, outdoes himself in the most effervescent of his five Baker Street cocktails to date."
It was only a matter of time, and now it's happened at last: Sherlock Holmes gets called to jury duty. Read full book review >
NECESSITY by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Engaging food for thought."
A trilogy which began as an almost-dry intellectual exercise ends as a glorious kitchen sink of genre, combining philosophy, time travel, aliens, and the gods. Read full book review >
HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"In her scintillating, provocative new book, Levy combines intellect and empathy to impressively modern effect."
Kinship, gender, Medusas—this rich new novel from a highly regarded British writer dazzles and teases with its many connections while exposing the double-edged sword of mother-daughter love. Read full book review >
CHAMPION OF THE WORLD by Chad Dundas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Dundas suggests writers known for loosely historical works, such as Doctorow and Chabon, but he features a pared-down, punchy style that goes well with his characters' basic raw ambitions and emotions."
In 1920s America, when professional wrestling is in its dying years as a serious sport, one high-stakes contest brings together athletes, gangsters, and long-suffering women in this fine debut. Read full book review >
HEARTBREAKER by Maryse Meijer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A dark and surprising new voice in short fiction."
The edgy stories in Meijer's debut collection cut like so many wild teeth: sharp, deep, and unforgiving. Read full book review >
NINETY-NINE STORIES OF GOD by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Admirers of Williams—and anyone who treasures a story well told should be one—will find much to like here."
"Hell is unpleasant. Heaven is more pleasant." Williams, maker of superb short fictions, plumbs the distinction in this slender, evocative collection. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >