Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

ELEVEN HOURS by Pamela Erens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2016

"Powerful—aesthetically and viscerally."
An unflinching look at pregnancy and childbirth. Read full book review >
BORN ON A TUESDAY by Elnathan John
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An action-packed, heartbreaking, and eye-opening debut from a great new talent."
A Nigerian boy struggles to survive in a violent, disintegrating world. Read full book review >

SWEET LAMB OF HEAVEN by Lydia Millet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A top-notch tale of domestic paranoia that owes a debt to spooky psychological page-turners like Rosemary's Baby yet is driven by Millet's particular offbeat thinking."
A mother tries to reconcile the voices in her head and an extortionist estranged husband in a peculiar, stirring thriller. Read full book review >
IMAGINE ME GONE by Adam Haslett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"As vivid and moving as the novel is, it's not because Haslett strives to surprise but because he's so mindful and expressive of how much precious life there is in both normalcy and anguish."
This touching chronicle of love and pain traces half a century in a family of five from the parents' engagement in 1963 through a father's and son's psychological torments and a final crisis. Read full book review >
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it's full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
After surviving a brutal attack, Amanda starts school in a new town. She plans to stay focused and get through senior year, but kind, attractive Grant causes a distraction that wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for her deepest secret. Read full book review >

AMATEURS by Dylan Hicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Felicitous characters and a scrumptious plot make Hicks' second novel refreshing and fun."
The personal and social lives of a group of friends are on display in this modern novel of manners. Read full book review >
I LET YOU GO by Clare Mackintosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Mackintosh has written the kind of book that sticks in the reader's mind well after the final sentence."
When a 5-year-old boy is killed in a hit-and-run accident, the police find themselves with a sensational case and one woman discovers an emptiness that she may never fill in Mackintosh's engrossing debut. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY'S FOOL by Richard Russo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Russo hits his trademark trifecta: satisfying, hilarious, and painlessly profound."
A sequel to the great Nobody's Fool (1993) checks in on the residents of poor old North Bath, New York, 10 years later. Read full book review >
DESERT BOYS by Chris McCormick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Tender, heartfelt, fully realized stories about family, friendship, and love."
A series of linked stories charts a young man's coming-of-age. Read full book review >
THE MAP OF BONES by Francesca Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A powerful post-apocalyptic story with unusual emotional depth and clear, often beautiful language, this is one genre fans won't want to miss."
This sequel to The Fire Sermon (2015) extends and deepens its story of a post-apocalyptic world riven by war. Read full book review >
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Vaultingly ambitious, thrillingly well-written, charged with moral fervor and rueful compassion. How will this dazzling writer astonish us next time?"
Morgan follows up her slim, keening debut (All the Living, 2009) with an epic novel steeped in American history and geography.Read full book review >
HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR by John Corey Whaley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A teen with her sights set on a scholarship for a psychology undergraduate program befriends a boy with agoraphobia in order to write an essay about the experience in this novel from Printz Medal winner Whaley. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >