Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

PARIS RED by Maureen Gibbon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2015

"Fans of art history, Paris and contemporary Künstleroman like Girl With a Pearl Earring will enjoy the new perspective and the strong female voice."
Manet's muse ponders color, power, sex and love in vibrant 1860s Paris. Read full book review >
INHERITANCES by William Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2015

"Black is at his best as a social realist in a blue-collar milieu; elsewhere, the strain shows."
It used to be Pennsylvania coal country, and even now that the mining jobs have gone, many in Black's first story collection find it hard to leave. Read full book review >

CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"An adventure in perspective as well as plot, this unusual foray into schizophrenia should leave readers with a deeper understanding of the condition. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fantasy becomes reality in an exploration of mental illness based partly on the experiences of the author's son, who is also the book's illustrator. Read full book review >
THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE by Sydney Padua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A prodigious feat of historically based fantasy that engages on a number of levels."
An audaciously imagined alternate history of the invention of the computer—in 19th-century Victorian England. Read full book review >
THE TURNER HOUSE by Angela Flournoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A talent to watch."
A complicated portrait of the modern American family emerges in Flournoy's debut novel. Read full book review >

ONE NIGHT by Eric Jerome Dickey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Unflinching in its acceptance of bad behavior by likable characters, Dickey's latest will thrill his fans."
A chance encounter leads to one night of passion—and spiritual redemption—between strangers. Read full book review >
PLEASANTVILLE by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A thriller wrapped in an involving story of community and family dynamics. Locke serves up a panorama of nuanced characters and writes with intelligence and depth."
Race, politics and petty grievances muddy the quest for justice when a young election volunteer is kidnapped and murdered. Read full book review >
ONE SEASON OF HOPE by Jim Stovall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A heartwarming story that's 'a little bit about football and an awful lot about life.'"
A novel about small-town high school football, life lessons, and President Harry S. Truman. Read full book review >
GOD HELP THE CHILD by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A chilling oracle and a lively storyteller, Nobel winner Morrison continues the work she began 45 years ago with The Bluest Eye."
Brutality, racism and lies are relieved by moments of connection in Morrison's latest. Read full book review >
THE MIRACLE GIRL by Andrew Roe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Lively, pitch-perfect and assured. Readers will be wanting to hear more from this writer."
Personal tragedy meets the tragedy of our time in Roe's winning debut novel. Read full book review >
THIS IS HOW IT REALLY SOUNDS by Stuart Archer Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"Anyone who's bet his or her future on Wall Street, strapped on a pair of skis or savored a well-told story will want to read this one."
An impressive and dramatic novel about three men who share a surname and intertwining fortunes. Read full book review >
THE SILVER WITCH by Paula Brackston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A stunning setting and bewitching premise make this book appealing, but Brackston's execution falls short of its mark."
Grief, magic and the ancient world collide in Brackston's (The Midnight Witch, 2014, etc.) fourth novel.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >