Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SKYSCRAPING by Cordelia Jensen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Compelling snapshots of contemporary family drama and the AIDS epidemic as captured through a teen's eyes. (Historical fiction/verse. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl grapples with her family's growing pains. Read full book review >
SURVIVING SANTIAGO by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A riveting story of love and acceptance amid a tumultuous political landscape. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Tina, 16, travels from Madison, Wisconsin, to Santiago, Chile, to spend her summer visiting her father, whom she hasn't seen in three years. Read full book review >

BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A witty, unusual take on friendship and parlaying weakness into power. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Opposites attract—and repel—in Thomas' epistolary debut novel. Read full book review >
SAINT MAZIE by Jami Attenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Too much concept and not enough story, but Mazie might win your heart anyway with her tough-talking mensch-iness."
Early 20th-century New York and its denizens portrayed through the fictional diary of a nonfictional heroine. Read full book review >
THE SURFACING by Cormac James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Meditative and spare, this is not a fast read but one worth the effort: underneath all the ice, there is real emotional depth."
An Arctic expedition gets stuck at sea with a pregnant woman hiding onboard in Irish author James' hypnotic North American debut that's less a high-stakes adventure than a slow-burning psychological study. Read full book review >

THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"The rich are not like you and me, but if they're as awful as they are in this book, God help them."
The decline and fall of a wealthy family, including a clinical drug trial, insider trading, subprime mortgages, and a terrible opera. Read full book review >
LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS by Lori Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sure winner with fans of backwoods country noir."
Roy (Bent Road, 2011, etc.) draws a Faulkner-ian tale of sex and violence from the Kentucky hills.Read full book review >
THE PINCH by Steve Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Audacious, hilarious, unabashed fiction."
The Pinch—for many years in the early 20th century a predominantly Jewish section of Memphis—has found its Whitman and its Faulkner in Stern, who's written a stylistically effusive, verbally extravagant novel. Read full book review >
I'D WALK WITH MY FRIENDS IF I COULD FIND THEM by Jesse Goolsby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Like its major characters, a novel that is appropriately fragmented and without a center."
The suggestive title contains this novel in miniature: a community of soldiers confronts harrowing choices on the battlefield and eventually faces loss, fragmentation, and meaninglessness in civilian life. Read full book review >
THE FOLD by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the author's popular novel 14 (2012) will want to pay particular attention, as these shared universes share other horrors as well."
A schoolteacher with unusual gifts is recruited by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects division to investigate a troubled project. Read full book review >
DINNER WITH BUDDHA by Roland Merullo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"With six unconventionally religious novels to date, this brave, meditative author has carved a unique niche in American literature."
Merullo (Vatican Waltz, 2013, etc.) offers a third installment in the spiritual adventures of Otto Ringling.Read full book review >
THE LOVED ONES by Mary-Beth Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"No question about this author's gift for striking imagery and vivid scene-setting, but her characterizations could be deeper, and she might consider the possibility that atmosphere is not everything."
Hughes (Double Happiness, 2010, etc.) follows a family reeling from the loss of a child through two disordered years in New Jersey and London.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >