Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A HANGING AT CINDER BOTTOM by Glenn Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2015

"Like Portis' True Grit, an American fable told with literary nuance."
Taylor (The Marrowbone Marble Company, 2010, etc.) draws a morality tale from Appalachian coal country, "a place cinched by the hills…[that] watched over man's thin attempt at living."Read full book review >
GRACE by Calvin Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2015

"A muddled spiritual inventory that could have used a lighter touch."
An American man's existential journey is aided by various women in Baker's cerebral fourth novel (Dominion, 2006, etc.).Read full book review >

THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU by A.J. Rich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Despite its lack of believable characters and events, this slim, nasty thriller is hard to put down."
A student of forensic psychology finds her fiance mauled to death. Did her dogs do it? Read full book review >
BULL MOUNTAIN by Brian Panowich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Panowich deftly delves into 'something deeper than bone' between fathers and sons, between the land and its people."
Hillbilly noir goes literary in Panowich's debut, which is part crime fiction and part family saga. Read full book review >
THE WAY THINGS WERE by Aatish Taseer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A timeless, masterful epic."
In this ambitious novel, Taseer chronicles 40 years of modern Indian history through the eyes of a father and son, both scholars of the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. Read full book review >

THE INVADERS by Karolina Waclawiak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"This would-be dark comedy of manners will be too dark for some."
Twisted, depressed characters are up to no good in a tony East Coast beach town. Read full book review >
THE TELLING by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A delicate, atmospheric ghost story with satisfying layers of insight and substance."
In a decaying English country cottage, the past bleeds hauntingly into the present after a fragile young woman's arrival activates echoes of grief and loss. Read full book review >
THE INSECT FARM by Stuart Prebble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Prebble creates, and just as quickly deflates, suspenseful moments, and the plot twists are so clearly telegraphed that few readers will be surprised by the outcome."
Light on suspense and heavy on creepy-crawlies, this debut finds a man desperate to cover up his crime and protect his brother when he might be the one who needs protecting. Read full book review >
THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN by Lidia Yuknavitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Patricia Highsmith by way of Kathy Acker in a highbrow thriller that says as much about its writer as its story."
A grieving mother becomes obsessed with a famous photograph of a child fleeing a war zone. Read full book review >
THE EXCHANGE OF PRINCESSES by Chantal Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A meticulous and vivid chronicle."
Thomas' latest (Farewell, My Queen, 2003, etc.) illuminates an obscure corner of Western European royal history: the bartering of child brides and grooms.Read full book review >
LITTLE BEASTS by Matthew McGevna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A fine, if somewhat muted, debut."
McGevna's debut novel captures the familiar rhythms of summertime, following young people on the edge of violence. Read full book review >
PRETTY IS by Maggie Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A satisfying, unusual novel."
In Mitchell's debut, two lonely 12-year-old girls develop strong feelings for the man who abducted them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >