Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE GREEN ROAD by Anne Enright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2015

"A subtle, mature reflection on the loop of life from a unique writer of deserved international stature."
When the four adult Madigan children come home for Christmas to visit their widowed mother for the last time before the family house is sold, a familiar landscape of tensions is renewed and reordered. Read full book review >
SAVING GRAPES by J.T Lundy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A memorable, unexpectedly heartwarming romp."
Lundy's (Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy, 2013) amusing tale of two hapless Illinoisans trying to raise quick cash in French wine country. Read full book review >

THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN by Sarah McCoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Though the conclusion doesn't surprise, it satisfies."
Two women, living 150 years apart, struggle to define family and to find fulfillment in life when they realize they can't have children. Read full book review >
THE DAYLIGHT MARRIAGE by Heidi Pitlor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A technically accomplished but largely downbeat tale of miserable people learning life lessons late."
A wife and mother goes missing, and a family is forced to reassess both the past and the future. Read full book review >
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM by Nathan Larson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A sharp and satisfying conclusion to one of the most unique hard-boiled arcs in recent memory."
In post-apocalyptic Manhattan, antihero Dewey Decimal comes to the end of the stacks. Read full book review >

ORIENT by Christopher Bollen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Skillfully written, with delightful malice aforethought."
Art, money, and ill intent collide in Interview magazine editor Bollen's (Lightning People, 2011) sophomore novel.Read full book review >
BURNING DOWN GEORGE ORWELL'S HOUSE by Andrew Ervin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A dramatic, thoughtful, and at times comic revisiting of (and attempt to escape from) Orwell's world."
Advertising, single-malt whisky, and a remote Scottish island feature prominently in this novel about a man paying homage to his love for Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.Read full book review >
I TAKE YOU by Eliza Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"This book has the effect of three Bloody Marys at brunch: it'll leave you flushed, giddy, and prepared to embrace your wild side."
Lily Wilder is getting married in six days to a man who really lights her fire, but she still has one big decision to make: does she actually want to get married? Read full book review >
PARIS, HE SAID by Christine Sneed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Sneed should be applauded for not diving headlong into salaciousness, which her subject matter could invite. But her touch is so light that the issues at stake feel inconsequential."
A mild meditation on art and relationships by the author of Little Known Facts (2013).Read full book review >
THE SUNSHINE CRUST BAKING FACTORY by Stacy Wakefield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A book that Wakefield's characters would love but that might leave other readers locked out."
The lives of young, poor New Yorkers form the center of this novel by Wakefield (Not for Rent, 1994, etc.), no stranger to squatter chic. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN SISTERS by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Although the conceit of six sisters searching for their birth parents is certainly intriguing, one hopes the future books will achieve a better balance between past and present."
Launch of a projected series about six sisters who were adopted from all over the world by a mysterious Swiss tycoon. Read full book review >
THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF NINA FINDLAY by Andrea Gillies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"In this middle-aged love triangle, the points take a while to connect."
Through the lens of a failed marriage and a lost love, a flawed but appealing woman recovers her health while dissecting her complicated relationships. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >