Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

ENGLAND AND OTHER STORIES by Graham Swift
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"The stories recall different eras stylistically as well, bearing echoes of Cheever, touches of O. Henry, and, in one chilling case, of Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery.' With few weak spots and more than a few killers, it's a potent gathering."
The British author of Waterland crams enough life into these vignettes and full-blown stories to be justified in slyly giving his third collection a country's name.Read full book review >
TRAITOR'S GATE by Charlie Newton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"A Texas-size epic—think Wouk's Winds of War—with an amorphous conclusion perhaps portending a sequel."
Ranging from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl to a Mediterranean cauldron of conspiracies, Newton (Start Shooting, 2012, etc.) leaves noir behind to go into grand-scale Michener-mode.Read full book review >

DISCLAIMER by Renée Knight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"An addictive psychological thriller."
When a mysterious novel appears on her bedside table, a successful documentary filmmaker finds herself face to face with a secret that threatens to unravel life as she knows it. Read full book review >
Home Is Where Your Boots Are by Kalan Chapman Lloyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Featuring a heroine worth accompanying home, this brief yet punchy debut begs for a sequel."
A down-home attorney becomes an amateur sleuth in this quirky overture to the MisAdventures of Miss Lilly series. Read full book review >
THE ICE TWINS by S.K. Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Tremayne ably spins numerous variations of the which-twin-is-really-dead idea, playing into the inherent creepiness of wholly identical twins like Kirstie and Lydia, indistinguishable even on a DNA level."
Still reeling from tragedy, the Moorcroft family leaves London for a remote Scottish island only to find their problems increase tenfold. Read full book review >

CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Both hopeful and devastatingly real. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
When 16-year-old Braden Raynor's father is arrested for a hit-and-run accident that leaves a police officer dead, every hidden secret is dragged into the light. Read full book review >
THE MOUNTAIN CAN WAIT by Sarah Leipciger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Written with painfully nuanced care that displays affection for nature and the laconic, working-class characters, the result is not a cheerful read but genuinely moving."
In Leipciger's debut, a moody semitragedy set in Western Canada, the lives of a single father, who's never been able to express the love he feels for his children, and his son, who's made a catastrophic mistake and fears the consequences, circle around each other. Read full book review >
THE GRACEKEEPERS by Kirsty Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Logan delivers a haunting, spare, and evocative debut."
A beautifully strange debut novel that draws upon folklore of the Scottish west and the isles. Read full book review >
THE KNOCKOFF by Lucy Sykes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Sykes and Piazza must be connected with most of Hollywood on social media; it won't be long before this story moves off the page."
The glamorous world of fashion is met with a tech invasion in this satirical novel by fashion editor Sykes and editor/journalist Piazza (Love Rehab, 2014, etc.) Read full book review >
THE MAINTENANCE OF HEADWAY by Magnus Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Nearly flawless in its own unassuming way."
Set within the bureaucracy of the London bus system, Mills' slim novel fuses whimsy with warped logic. Read full book review >
WAR OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDISTS by Christopher Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"That two different writers are at work is sometimes apparent but not bothersome given that two distinctive characters are in play, and the overall narrative's smart and entertaining."
Two "twentysomethings of early-millennium Seattle" take different paths to maturity in this likable, highly readable, double-bylined coming-of-age first novel. Read full book review >
Enough to Go Around by Tanya Savko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"A touching tale about life, death, family, and forgiveness."
In Savko's (Slip, 2010) emotional novel, an elderly mother and her middle-age children deal with the twists and turns of life in California in the late 1980s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >