Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

REYNARD THE FOX by James Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2015

"Those who are able to navigate early modern English would do better to read Caxton, but this new version has the virtue of making the Reynard stories easily accessible."
Timely translation of the medieval story cycle about a fox who constantly outwits the "not only dim-witted but also greedy, coarse and self-interested" folks in charge. Read full book review >
THE LAST WORD by Hanif Kureishi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Kureishi is smart about book culture and relationships in a novel that fails to satisfyingly merge both."
A man opts to live with the famous—and famously prickly—author he's writing a biography about. Whoops. Read full book review >

A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE by Amy Scheibe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A good coming-of-age story lies buried underneath a ridiculously overdetermined and didactic plot."
Scheibe (What Do You Do All Day?, 2006) chronicles a Minnesota girl's journey toward independence in a story set in 1958 with pointed contemporary parallels.Read full book review >
THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by Teresa Toten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Readers be warned: Like Augustus Waters before him, Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measure. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What would it feel like to wake up normal? It's a question most people would never have cause to ask—and the one 14-year-old Adam Spencer Ross longs to have answered. Read full book review >
MAN AT THE HELM by Nina Stibbe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Charming and bittersweet, with a very English flavor, this social comedy is distinguished by Stibbe's light touch and bright eye."
Divorce leaves an unreliable mother and her three concerned children adrift in an unfriendly village in this first novel from Stibbe, whose memoir (Love, Nina, 2014) was an acclaimed comic debut.Read full book review >

THE DISCREET HERO by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Yet taken together, the two narratives don't make a strong whole, rather more a theme and variation that can seem sometimes dangerously close to what Rigoberto at one point calls his side of the story: a soap opera."
The Nobel laureate weaves together the tragicomic misfortunes of two families and several friends in this tale of crime, passion and avarice. Read full book review >
LIFE OR DEATH by Michael Robotham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Terrific storytelling that won't win Robotham many friends in the Lone Star State."
Australian novelist Robotham travels to Texas for this prison-break tale with a twist. Read full book review >
THE LOST CHILD by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Gorgeously crafted and emotionally shattering."
Award-winning novelist, essayist and playwright Phillips (Color Me English, 2011, etc.) responds to Wuthering Heights.Read full book review >
THE UNRAVELING OF MERCY LOUIS by Keija Parssinen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Beautiful and awful, enraging and sad, atmospheric and page-turning: an accomplished novel."
A modern Southern gothic with a feminist edge and the tense pacing of a thriller. Read full book review >
BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"The book reads like a cheesy episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer."
Love is challenging for any species—but things get more complicated when you're a ghoul who wants to eat anyone who gets close to you. Read full book review >
THE PRINCE by Vito Bruschini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A complex, informed and intelligent saga mating Rich Man, Poor Man and The Godfather."
In this expansive historical epic, Bruschini traces the Mafia's origins in Sicily's feudal society. Read full book review >
WEREWOLF COP by Andrew Klavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Fans of contemporary monster tales will be taken with Klavan's thriller, and others who are willing to indulge the book's hairy trappings will appreciate its existential musings."
On the hunt for a nefarious European crime boss, Texas supercop Zach "Cowboy" Adams desperately searches for himself after being turned into a werewolf. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >