Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE RETURN OF MUNCHAUSEN by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Playful and erudite, sprinkled with philosophy and politics, funny in places and melancholy in others, this novella, like most of Krzhizhanovsky's work, remained unpublished during his lifetime; how lucky that we can read it now."
Early Soviet writer Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950; Autobiography of a Corpse, 2013, etc.) revives the eponymous teller of tall tales and sets him loose in 1920s Moscow. Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF MRS. SHARMA by Ratika Kapur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Even as cultural products can feel increasingly generic in our technologically advanced global marketplace, Kapur (Overwinter, 2012) proves that a gifted writer can still powerfully capture a complex voice from a singular place and time."
In contradictory modern India, an urban woman's private confession becomes a portrait, and perhaps an indictment, of 21st-century globalism. Read full book review >

THE ICE BENEATH HER by Camilla Grebe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir."
Veteran co-author Grebe (More Bitter Than Death, with Åsa Träff, 2013, etc.) takes her first solo turn in this tale of three troubled souls linked by a horrific crime—and what a turn it is. Read full book review >
WILD WICKED SCOT by Julia London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An absorbing read from a novelist at the top of her game."
A young woman must choose between loyalty to her father and loyalty to her husband, but she decides not to be a pawn in men's power games anymore. Read full book review >
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"With this book, Saunders asserts a complex and disturbing vision in which society and cosmos blur."
Short-story virtuoso Saunders' (Tenth of December, 2013, etc.) first novel is an exhilarating change of pace. Read full book review >

HISTORY OF WOLVES by Emily Fridlund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Four years after its initial prize, this slender work is worth the wait."
An atmospheric, near-gothic coming-of-age novel turns on the dance between predator and prey. Read full book review >
KILLING ADONIS by J.M.  Donellan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A most unusual mystery, indeed."
A nurse is hired to care for a comatose patient. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH OF RIGHT NOW by Kara Lee Corthron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A powerhouse of storytelling that feels timely and timeless. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
High school can be hell, but if they can hold onto their friendship, Lily and Dari might just survive…. Read full book review >
ONE LAST WORD by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This striking, passionate anthology reminds young readers and adult fans of poetry alike that while black life remains 'no crystal stair,' there remains reason to hope and a reserve of courage from which to draw. (historical note, author's notes, biographies, sources, index) (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Timely and thought-provoking, Grimes' collection transports young readers through the enduring expressiveness of the Harlem Renaissance, juxtaposing classic poems of the era with her own original work and full-color art by contemporary African-American illustrators. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN GREEN by Derek B. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A penetrating, poetic, and unexpectedly disarming book about the ageless conflict in the Middle East by a writer who has made that topic his specialty."
Haunted by a Saddam Hussein henchman's coldblooded execution of a young Shiite girl, British war reporter Thomas Benton and ex-GI Arwood Hobbes reunite in Iraq 22 years later to investigate the unlikely possibility that she is alive. Read full book review >
FOREIGN SOIL by Maxine Beneba Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A tremendous new voice; a writer of immense talent and depth."
In this aptly named story collection by Clarke (The Hate Race, 2016), an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean heritage, people living in various countries struggle to build better lives for themselves. Read full book review >
BREATH OF FIRE by Amanda Bouchet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Simply brilliant."
Cat and Griffin continue their quest to bring just leadership to the three realms but must navigate hostile landscapes, magical creatures, and even a gladiator-style to-the-death battle before they can overcome the malevolent ruler of Tarva to unite it with Sinta. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >