Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

WHISKERS OF THE LION by P.L. Gaus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"Out of the peaceful world of buggies and prayer caps, Gaus conjures a nail-biter that doesn't give up its secrets any quicker than the Amish."
The murder of Ruth Zook (The Names of Our Tears, 2013) continues to take its toll on the Amish community of Holmes County, Ohio.Read full book review >
FALSE TONGUES by Kate Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Callie has never been more appealing than in this sensitive exploration of love and loss."
A trip to her old college offers deacon Callie Anson (Deep Waters, 2009, etc.) both challenges and opportunities.Read full book review >

HOUSE OF ECHOES by Brendan Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A wonderfully tense and heart-wrenching debut."
In an isolated village in upstate New York, a young family finds "[d]emons in the wood and devils at the door." Read full book review >
ACADEMY STREET by Mary Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Costello renders her homely, knowing heroine with craft and compassion in this sad, slim, rich novel."
In this darkly beautiful first novel, a girl finds happiness elusive and short-lived as she comes of age in Ireland and becomes a mother in the U.S. in the last century's latter half. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE by Larry Kramer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Breathtakingly well-written. And how could one not keep reading, no matter how endless, a book with a line such as 'You don't just drop a penis like Tibby's into the narrative and let it go'?"
Vast opening salvo in a thunderous assault on the prideful prejudice that separates "us" from "them" in the time of AIDS. Read full book review >

I REFUSE by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Without pyrotechnics, Petterson brings his characters and working-class Norway vividly, even passionately, to life; days after they finish the novel, readers may still have dreams of ice cracking."
Norwegian Petterson (It's Fine By Me, 2012, etc.) shows his considerable gift for exploring the darker crevices of boyhood in this elegiac story of two long-estranged friends whose lives have not turned out as they expected.Read full book review >
THE WATER MUSEUM by Luis Alberto Urrea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Urrea's command of language is matched only by his empathy for his characters."
Urrea, celebrated for his historical sagas (Queen of America, 2011) and nonfiction (The Devil's Highway, 2004), offers 13 stories that reflect both sides of his Mexican-American heritage while stretching the reader's understanding of human boundaries.Read full book review >
ODYSSEUS ABROAD by Amit Chaudhuri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Like Joyce, Chaudhuri recognizes that the seemingly artless rhythms and repetitions of daily life can have, in thoughtful hands, the depth and breadth of true art."
A meandering, sometimes mesmerizing quasi-novel about two Indian men living separately in London in 1985 and taking one of their regular walks together while memories arise and intrude. Read full book review >
A SLANT OF LIGHT by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"More fine work from a writer who stirs both the head and the heart with powerful grace."
Another keening, moving novel steeped in American history and the rhythms of country life from Lent (After You've Gone, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
LITTLE BASTARDS IN SPRINGTIME by Katja Rudolph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A first-rate novel about the horrors of nationalism, as moving as it is instructive in its historical import."
A boy survives the 1992 siege of Sarajevo and finds refuge, if not peace, in North America. Read full book review >
ORHAN'S INHERITANCE by Aline Ohanesian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A novel that delves into the darkest corners of human history and emerges with a tenuous sense of hope."
In Ohanesian's debut novel, a Turkish man confronts secrets about his family and his country's history and is faced with an impossible choice: Should the past remain in the past, or should all stories, even the most painful, come to light? Read full book review >
Godkiller, Vol. 1 by Matt Pizzolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Deftly unorthodox and wickedly delectable; not so much a story as an experience."
In Pizzolo's stellar graphic novel—the first three issues of his debut comic-book series—an orphan boy braves a desolate, post-apocalyptic land in search of a heart for his sister. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >