Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL by Melanie Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Sweet, clever, and fun."
How a kid can help her broke, widowed, overwhelmed mom: write a novel! Read full book review >
SHETANI'S SISTER by Iceberg Slim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"The latest posthumous publication from Iceberg Slim (Doom Fox, 1998, etc.) may satisfy readers hungry for the gritty street reality of an undefined historical time, but the storyline ends so abruptly that it feels as unfinished as the author's life."
The street war between a prostitution ring and the cop determined to take it down turns into a man-to-man fight. Read full book review >

FLOOD OF FIRE by Amitav Ghosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"At times slow-moving and repetitive, this novel still provides a satisfying sense of closure to the political and personal issues Ghosh opened up more than a thousand pages earlier."
Ghosh completes his epic Ibis trilogy with a book focusing on the First Opium War of 1839 to '41 and culminating in battles between the British navy and Chinese ports. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF RABBIT HAYES by Anna McPartlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"By turns laugh-out-loud funny and weep-into-your-hanky heartbreaking, Rabbit's story is a powerful catharsis."
Her cancer is back, and all the love, humor, and stubbornness in the world won't save Rabbit Hayes this time. Read full book review >
ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"The author's family is from Spain's Basque region, which helps explain why an American writer would venture into this fraught history, and Urza does so convincingly, revealing the human faces behind the masks of terrorism and its collateral damage."
A terrorist bombing in Madrid stirs up memories in a Basque town of a politician kidnapped and killed, an act that linked the political and the personal, in this thoughtful, ambitious debut. Read full book review >

VILLA AMERICA by Liza Klaussmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Beautifully written and surprisingly fresh given the well-worn subject matter."
Another sensitive fictional portrait of a complicated marriage from the author of Tigers in Red Weather (2012).Read full book review >
LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Literary art of the first order, intelligent and evocative in the way of the best of historical fiction."
Williams makes an entertainingly erudite debut with a prismatic reimagining of the doomed French attempt to circumnavigate the globe in the 1780s. Read full book review >
INFINITE HOME by Kathleen Alcott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A luminous second novel from a first-class storyteller."
Under the right circumstances, even a dilapidated Brooklyn brownstone can save a collection of wounded souls. Read full book review >
BRIEF LOVES THAT LIVE FOREVER by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Moving and thoughtful, this novel—despite its slight frame—has a lot to say."
Translated from the French in which he writes (The Life of an Unknown Man, 2012, etc.), Siberian-born Makine's slim novel portrays the dangers of communism from the point of view of a romantic man.Read full book review >
A WOMAN LOVED by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A lively look at the pitfalls of making state-sponsored art."
One of two new books by Siberian-born Makine, this energetic novel takes place in Soviet Russia and tells the story of a doomed film about Catherine the Great. Read full book review >
THE DOG MASTER by W. Bruce Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Interesting speculative history with a satisfying conclusion, one opening the door for a sequel or series."
Cameron (The Dogs of Christmas, 2013, etc.) returns to a time when woolly mammoth and Neanderthal roamed the Earth and watches as human meets wolf-who-becomes-dog.Read full book review >
FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Touching and well-written."
Linked perspectives connect the quirky residents of an apartment building in Somer's second novel (Imperfections, 2012).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >