Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

VANISHING GAMES by Roger Hobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2015

"An entertaining romp but from an author who's done more stylish work."
The brilliant criminal mind of Hobbs' debut, Ghostman (2013), returns to stake his claim to some precious gems—and potentially bigger game.Read full book review >
PROPHETS OF ETERNAL FJORD by Kim Leine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2015

"A boreal classic in the making, brooding and memorable, reminiscent of James Houston's great novel The White Dawn in its narrative sweep and evocation of an unforgiving land."
A pensive, provocative, altogether extraordinary novel of a small-scale clash of cultures and its tragic consequences. Read full book review >

CONFESSION OF THE LIONESS by Mia Couto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A haunting, ethereal flight of magical realism."
In the tiny village of Kulumani, the people struggle to keep themselves safe from a marauding band of lions. Read full book review >
THE NEW WORLD by Andrew Motion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"More of a rough approximation than an imaginative penetration of the period."
Motion, the distinguished British man of letters, has retained the two principals of Silver (2012), his robust sequel to Stevenson's Treasure Island, but otherwise, this is a stand-alone frontier novel.Read full book review >
A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES by Patrice Kindl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This airy soufflé of a tale, garnished with quirky charm, is an unmitigated delight from start to finish. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Several years after the events of Keeping the Castle (2012), the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy has opened in the rainy hamlet of Lesser Hoo. The school's mission: to ready eight young ladies, ages 12 to 19, for the marriage market. Read full book review >

LET ME EXPLAIN YOU by Annie Liontas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A tale of an immigrant family rendered with unusual care, though it strains too hard for depth at times."
A Greek immigrant in his sunset years takes out a lifetime's worth of frustrations on his three daughters in this seriocomic debut. Read full book review >
ALL THIS LIFE by Joshua Mohr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Mohr's novel builds slowly, and his empathy for the majority of his characters shines through, allowing for a genuinely felt conclusion."
A tragic event on the Golden Gate Bridge brings together a bunch of disparate people, several of whom are reeling from earlier trauma. Read full book review >
IMPERIUM by Christian Kracht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"To quote Kracht: 'quite literary but somewhat awkward.'"
Swiss writer Kracht's bestselling, experimental 2012 novel—based on the life of a real person—gets translated into English. Read full book review >
BENNINGTON GIRLS ARE EASY by Charlotte Silver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A caustically witty novel but one that rarely interrupts its superficiality to deliver a deeper meaning."
Silver (The Summer Invitation, 2014, etc.) tracks the friendship of two college grads attempting to make it in New York.Read full book review >
CRUSH by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This one could make it to the big screen, but don't wait for the movie. Buy the book. It may be the first of a long series."
A fast, crazy crime thriller filled with humor and smatterings of blood. Read full book review >
THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and those fascinated by the tension between free will and fate."
Set mostly in 1880s London, Pulley's debut novel twists typical steampunk elements—telegraphs, gaslight, clockwork automata—into a fresh and surprising philosophical adventure. Read full book review >
MAUD'S LINE by Margaret Verble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Verble, herself a member of the Cherokee Nation, tells a compelling story peopled with flawed yet sympathetic characters, sharing insights into Cherokee society on the parcels of land allotted to them after the Trail of Tears."
In rural Oklahoma in 1928, years after losing her mother, 18-year-old Maud Nail keeps her small household afloat while her father is off carousing, even as she falls in love and yearns to escape the narrow confines of her existence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >