Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SILENT by David Mellon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2017

"Although the antagonist overshadows the protagonist, this World War I story is nevertheless a dark and memorable one. (Magical realism/historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Historical fiction and magical realism meld in this haunting story set during World War I. Read full book review >
THE SONG RISING by Samantha Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tantalizing, otherworldy adventure with imagination that burns like fire."
The third installment of this fantasy series (The Bone Season, 2013; The Mime Order, 2015) expands the reaches of the fight against Scion far beyond London. Read full book review >

THE WHOLE ART OF DETECTION by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's refreshing to see Holmes be Holmes. Fans and neophytes alike should cheer Faye's reinvigoration of Conan Doyle's hero and his panoramic world."
Seasoned Sherlock-ian Faye (Jane Steele, 2016, etc.) adds two new stories to 13 she's previously published to give a synoptic overview of the career of the famed consulting detective. Read full book review >
THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"The author of Printz Honor-winning Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012) offers another stellar, gentle look into the emotional lives of teens on the cusp of adulthood. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Three college-bound Latino teens navigate their ways through senior year in El Paso. Read full book review >
THE HOLLYWOOD DAUGHTER by Kate Alcott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A troubled era in America's past brought to life."
A Hollywood publicist's daughter idolizes movie star Ingrid Bergman. Read full book review >

THE ERSTWHILE by B. Catling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Fans of The Vorrh will enjoy journeying deeper into the dark heart of its world, but many fantasy fans will still find this book slow and murky."
A magical-realist tale of people, and other sorts of beings, struggling to transform themselves and the world. Read full book review >
RABBIT CAKE by Annie Hartnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"How a whip-smart young girl handles the loss of her mother and the reorientation of her family; charming and beautifully written."
A brilliant book about a child grieving the loss of a mother. Read full book review >
THE LUCKY ONES by Julianne Pachico
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Unsettling and pulsing with life; a brilliantly surreal portrait of life amid destabilizing violence."
Set during the bloody height of the Colombian conflict and spanning more than two decades, Pachico's unforgettable whirlwind of a debut centers around the intersecting lives of a group of wealthy schoolgirls as well as the parents, teachers, and housekeepers who move in their orbit. Read full book review >
NEXT YEAR, FOR SURE by Zoey Leigh Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A crisp, exciting exploration of love, friendship, and everything in between. Peterson's one to watch."
In this psychologically perceptive debut, a young couple struggles with the realities of nonmonogamy. Read full book review >
ALL GROWN UP by Jami Attenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Wry, sharp, and profoundly kind; a necessary pleasure."
Deeply perceptive and dryly hilarious, Attenberg's (Saint Mazie, 2015, etc.) latest novel follows Andrea Bern: on the cusp of 40, single, child-free by choice, and reasonably content, she's living a life that still, even now, bucks societal conventions. But without the benchmarks of "grown up" success—an engagement, a husband, a baby—Andrea is left to navigate her own shifting understanding of adulthood. Read full book review >
THE ZERO AND THE ONE by Ryan Ruby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A potent tale of the pull people have upon one another."
A young man replaces the intensity of loneliness with the intensity of dear friendship to find it can be just as dark. Read full book review >
EVENINGLAND by Michael Knight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"From a distinguished Southern writer, a very fine collection capped by a masterful novella."
A quiet, beautifully modulated group of six short stories and a novella set in or near Mobile, Alabama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >