Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

BREAKING COVER by Stella Rimington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Perhaps the most vividly plotted of Rimington's recent spy thrillers, though still less persuasive when it ventures into foreign waters than when it exposes interpersonal rivalries among staffers who are supposed to be on the same side."
Now that Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles in the international arena, Rimington, who always has a sharp eye for contemporary headlines (Close Call, 2014, etc.), provides another dose of Cold War tension for MI5 and MI6. Read full book review >
COUSIN JOSEPH by Jules Feiffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Expertly off-kilter."
In this prequel to his graphic novel, Kill My Mother (2014), Feiffer delivers another noir fever dream, sending America right to the top of the flagpole with a hard-boiled, lyrical punch of immigrant stories, labor relations, and the almighty dollar. Read full book review >

SUPERNOVA by C.A. Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Sci-fi fans will love this tense, action-packed, and thought-provoking adventure."
The story of a revolution-turned-civil war waged across the solar system—and within one very unusual spaceship. Read full book review >
THE FIRST WIFE by Paulina Chiziane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"A brave but heavy-handed work about the plight of women in a patriarchal society.
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A man's five wives band together, against all odds, to demand what's rightfully theirs. Read full book review >
YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Abbott proves herself a master of fingernails-digging-into-your-palms suspense."
Abbott's latest thriller (The Fever, 2014, etc.) is about everyday lives changed forever by an exceptional individual—in this case an Olympic gymnastics hopeful. Read full book review >

WE COME TO OUR SENSES by Odie Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Superb atmospherics and dramatic timing coupled with arresting storylines. A promising start, if sobering for readers unused to the grim realities of war."
Memorable, even haunting tales of war and peace—two states of being that, in debut author Lindsey's hands, are hard to tell apart.
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LEAVING LUCY PEAR by Anna Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Slow-movement storytelling: fully-fleshed, compassionate, and satisfying."
The abandonment of a newborn child in a pear orchard opens an intense tale of choices and consequences which, despite its early-20th-century setting, has the capacious feel of a Victorian novel. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LETTERS OF VELTA B. by Gina Ochsner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An astonishing alchemy of history, romance, and fable."
Fractured hearts, ruined lives, shattered dreams—only the art of storytelling can hope to heal these in war-ravaged Latvia. Read full book review >
BOUNTY by Michael Byrnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Charles Bronson's Death Watch meets the Internet, with little of the hand-wringing melodrama that might suggest."
Vigilantism goes viral in this thriller about a website that pays bounties for the killing of unpunished child abusers, financial scammers, human rights violators, and other bad actors. Read full book review >
WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS by Rowan Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"A tear-jerking but ultimately uplifting story."
Hospice care brings unlikely characters together in this emotional novel from Coleman (The Day We Met, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
AGE OF CONSENT by Marti Leimbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Devastatingly powerful scenes trapped in a rickety plot."
An unflinching look at sexual abuse from an author who isn't afraid of difficult subjects. Read full book review >
THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Young's intricately wrought family drama tarries over details of time, place, and emotion as it gradually reveals her debut's tragic core."
A family home hides generations of secrets. 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 >