Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

EVERYTHING BELONGS TO US by Yoojin Grace Wuertz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Engrossing. Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction."
An ambitious debut about power and family in South Korea with rich character portraits and a strong political heartbeat. Read full book review >
THE HORSEMAN by Tim Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This leisurely curtain raiser, a gloriously devoted poem to England's past, springs to life in its final chapters."
In the foreground of a reverent portrait of pre-World War I England, a talented boy's life is set in motion. Read full book review >

A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR by David Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Another thoughtful, if odd and caustic, story from one of Israel's greatest contemporary writers."
Take my life. Take my life, please…. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN'S TALE by Pam Jenoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An interesting premise imperfectly executed."
A Jewish trapeze artist and a Dutch unwed mother bond, after much aerial practice, as the circus comes to Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >
A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A discomfiting, gripping mystery with plenty of sharp edges. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A young woman returns for the summer from her mother's in New York City to her dad's house in a small Maine town, intent on uncovering what actually happened to her best friend, who is only officially recognized by the police as missing even though her ex-boyfriend confessed to—but then recanted—having killed her. Read full book review >

10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE by Carrie Mac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"With Maeve, Mac delivers a character who's heartwarmingly real and sympathetic, and her story provides a much needed mirror for anxious queer girls everywhere. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A white teen with severe anxiety struggles to manage her mental health and finds joy in a budding relationship with a new girlfriend. Read full book review >
LATE ARCADE by Nathaniel Mackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An appealingly brash if overworked experimental lark."
An avant-garde jazz sextet hones its craft, hits the road, and tries to make sense of some unusual onstage goings-on. Read full book review >
THE LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL by Charlie Lovett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A solidly built, innocently bookish diversion with a distinct Masterpiece Theater flavor."
He's a book-loving Brit who's skeptical about modernity; she's a tech-savvy Yank who talks too much. Is it possible this unlikely pair of "Grail buddies" could forge a meeting of minds—and even hearts—while tracking down one of the world's most revered treasures? Read full book review >
MARKED FOR REVENGE by Emelie Schepp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Though the protagonist, for whom the term 'prickly' could have been invented, rarely rises above the level of the stereotypical action heroine, she's starting to thaw and show just the hint of a personality."
A Swedish prosecutor discovers that the recent influx of illegally trafficked Thai girls leads back to a deadly man in her past whom she's hell-bent on killing. Read full book review >
THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This story is necessary. This story is important. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is a black girl and an expert at navigating the two worlds she exists in: one at Garden Heights, her black neighborhood, and the other at Williamson Prep, her suburban, mostly white high school. Read full book review >
SWEET LAKE by Christine Nolfi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"In this uplifting and charming story, each room of the inn is filled with friendship, forgiveness, and love."
In a dying small town, an innkeeper fights with her irresponsible brother for control of the family business—while a local lawyer fights for her heart. Read full book review >
OUR MARRIAGE COUNSELOR by Carl Tiktin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Sharp, satiric, and uncomfortably insightful, Tiktin's novel amuses and abrades in equal measure."
Therapist, heal thyself. 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 >