Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

BRASS by Xhenet Aliu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Aliu's writing is polished and precise, bringing her characters glowingly to life."
This glimmering debut novel reflects on mother-daughter connections, abandonment and resilience, and dreams that endure despite the odds. Read full book review >
THIS LOVE STORY WILL SELF-DESTRUCT by Leslie Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An edgy, updated take on Nora Ephron that's full of humor and wit."
In her promising debut, Cohen follows two New Yorkers as they deal with jobs, relationships, family, and all the other tribulations of being 20-something. Read full book review >

TEMPEST by Beverly Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Another smart, entertaining historical romance from Jenkins."
The final installment in the RITA-winning author's Old West trilogy (Forbidden, 2016; Breathless, 2017). Read full book review >
THE AMAZING MR. MORALITY by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Another excellent Appel collection of intelligent, humanistic, and witty stories that bite."
These short stories and a novella explore, with Appel's (Millard Salter's Last Day, 2017, etc.) trademark dark humor, contemporary life and its ethical dilemmas. Read full book review >
THE WANDERER AND THE NEW WEST by Adam Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2018

"A tight, thoughtful work that has much to offer readers on both sides of the gun control debate."
Bender (Divided We Fall, 2014, etc.) offers a dystopian novel about an America ruled by gangs and gun manufacturers and about the brave few who are willing to fight them both. Read full book review >

THE FRIEND by Sigrid Nunez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Breathtaking both in pain and in beauty; a singular book."
Quietly brilliant and darkly funny, Nunez's (Sempre Susan, 2011, etc.) latest novel finds her on familiar turf with an aggressively unsentimental interrogation of grief, writing, and the human-canine bond. Read full book review >
BACK TALK by Danielle Lazarin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Sensitive, intricate, and quietly powerful, Lazarin's stories give voice to women learning to live on their own terms."
This exquisite debut short story collection speaks to the ways women and girls define themselves and delineate their paths. Read full book review >
ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES by Paul Howarth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"While this book has a historical point to make, it also works as a suspenseful mystery and a resonant bildungsroman."
Howarth's impressive debut is a Wild West saga transported to 19th-century Queensland, Australia. Two brothers come of age during a bloody wilderness manhunt against the background of a shameful era in Australia's racial history. Read full book review >
THE GONE WORLD by Tom Sweterlitsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"This darkly poetic and profoundly disturbing glimpse into the potential last days of humankind will surely haunt readers' dreams long after the book is finished."
Sweterlitsch's latest (Tomorrow and Tomorrow, 2014, etc.) is a mind-blowing fusion of science fiction, thriller, existential horror, and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
DAPHNE by Will Boast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Boast's story is rooted in myth. But it's his perceptive take on the risks of emotion that the reader will remember."
Psychology and myth twist into each other in this debut novel about vulnerability and fear. Read full book review >
CALL ME ZEBRA by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"This is a brilliant, demented, and bizarro book that demands and rewards all the attention a reader might dare to give it."
A young woman struggles to make sense of the tragedy of exile, embarking on a series of pilgrimages that may destroy her chance for happiness. Read full book review >
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A tour de force."
In 1974, a troubled Vietnam vet inherits a house from a fallen comrade and moves his family to Alaska. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >