Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SIGNALS by Tim Gautreaux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"Gautreaux's deft wit and empathy for his characters make for a winning collection."
Facing conflict, Gautreaux's (The Missing, 2009, etc.) working-class characters try to do the right thing in 21 new and selected stories set in Louisiana and elsewhere. Read full book review >
IF YOU ARE THERE by Susan Sherman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"Evocative yet oblique, this meandering tale creates an intriguing milieu while leaving its confrontation between science and spirituality unresolved."
The allegiances of a Polish servant are divided between Nobel Prize-winning physicist Marie Curie and well-known medium Eusapia Palladino. Read full book review >

PERFECT LITTLE WORLD by Kevin Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A moving and sincere reflection on what it truly means to become a family."
That infamous village that's needed to raise a child comes to fruition when a brilliant researcher creates a communal parenting experiment. Read full book review >
THE PROMETHEUS MAN by Scott Reardon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"The chase is all here, and for some that will be enough."
After a CIA agent is murdered, his brother seeks revenge and stumbles onto a plot to create a superhuman killer. Read full book review >
NINE FOLDS MAKE A PAPER SWAN by Ruth Gilligan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Witty and haunting, the book blurs the boundaries between past and present, between who we are and the stories we tell."
In a boldly ambitious novel of family and belonging, Gilligan chronicles the history of Jewish immigrants in Ireland by weaving together three interconnected stories spanning more than a century. Read full book review >

THE FIFTH PETAL by Brunonia Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A flawed but entertaining occult murder mystery."
In Barry's third Salem novel, the unsolved murders of three young women continue to roil "Witch City." Read full book review >
FATAL by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Lescroart manages the first movement of this cautionary tale by mixing his pitches with exquisite control. Once the homicide investigation kicks in, things become altogether more routine, though he still has a few nifty surprises in store for fans who'd expect nothing less."
After dishing out 20-plus cases to San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy and his friends and relations (The Fall, 2015, etc.), Lescroart pens a stand-alone whose Bay Area is just as tense and treacherous even if you're not part of the justice system. Read full book review >
THE MURDERER'S APE by Jakob Wegelius
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Short attention spans need not apply, but committed, careful readers will be richly rewarded. (Mystery. 10 & up)"
When her friend and partner, the sailor Henry Koskela, is wrongfully imprisoned for murder, Sally Jones works for years to free him. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER  by Katee Robert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"From veteran romance writer Robert (An Indecent Proposal, 2016, etc.), this is a great addition to Montlake Romance's innovative mixed-genre repertoire."
Sexy sheriff Zach Owens needs help penetrating a mysterious cult in his Rocky Mountain town of Clear Springs, Montana. Read full book review >
MEXICO by Josh Barkan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Masterful stories that peel away at the thin border between everyday life and profane violence in modern-day Mexico."
Twelve crime-tinted short stories from an American writer who lives part-time in Mexico. Read full book review >
THE SIGNAL FLAME by Andrew Krivák
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A simple story, on its face, but full of resounding depths: a dark commemoration of a dark time but offering the slim hope that things will get better."
Krivák (The Sojourn, 2011, etc.) returns to home ground in this elegiac story of rural life in a time of turmoil. Read full book review >
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year."
A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >