Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by Teresa Toten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Readers be warned: Like Augustus Waters before him, Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measure. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What would it feel like to wake up normal? It's a question most people would never have cause to ask—and the one 14-year-old Adam Spencer Ross longs to have answered. Read full book review >
THE LOST CHILD by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Gorgeously crafted and emotionally shattering."
Award-winning novelist, essayist and playwright Phillips (Color Me English, 2011, etc.) responds to Wuthering Heights.Read full book review >

THE UNRAVELING OF MERCY LOUIS by Keija Parssinen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Beautiful and awful, enraging and sad, atmospheric and page-turning: an accomplished novel."
A modern Southern gothic with a feminist edge and the tense pacing of a thriller. Read full book review >
A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"The phrase 'tour de force' could have been invented for this audacious novel."
Four men who meet as college roommates move to New York and spend the next three decades gaining renown in their professions—as an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—and struggling with demons in their intertwined personal lives. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF VIDEO by Jeremy Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A novel that manages to be both very funny and very sad, with an unrepentant belief in both movies and love served with a cleverness and irreverence that are difficult to resist."
In this funny, surprisingly tender debut novel, Hawkins tells the story of a misfit group of video-store employees whose efforts to save their beloved shop offer the reader a cast of lovable oddities and a streak of infectious adoration for the power of movies. Read full book review >

ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs."
Two American spies—one retired, one active—dance around what really happened five years earlier during a mission gone horribly wrong. Read full book review >
WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate."
A multilayered, morally ambiguous novel of family, blood and betrayal. Read full book review >
CROW FAIR by Thomas McGuane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2015

"A slyly cutting batch of tales from a contemporary master."
Seventeen stories, straightforward but well-crafted, that cement McGuane's reputation as the finest short story writer of Big Sky country—and, at his best, beyond. Read full book review >
THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A richly layered, beautifully told and somehow lovable story about war, revenge and loss."
Elijah Goldstein's devoted Uncle Poxl is a Jewish World War II fighter pilot and an overnight literary sensation. What more could a boy want?Read full book review >
WHISPER HOLLOW by Chris Cander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A distinctive novel that sublimely measures the distressed though determined heartbeat of a small mountain community."
Verra, West Virginia, is the setting of this sweeping novel, in which first- and second-generation immigrants with coal-stained hands and blackened lungs forge new lives for their growing families amid secrets that run as deep and dark as the coal mines. Read full book review >
DELICIOUS FOODS by James Hannaham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A poised and nervy study of race in a unique voice."
A Southern farm provides the backdrop for a modern-day slavery tale in this textured, inventive and provocatively funny novel. Read full book review >
SNOWBLIND by Daniel Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Arnold has crafted a fierce book for those who know the game—and for the rest of us, who can vicariously push through our fears of the wild."
This debut story collection is a gutsy, up-close look at mountain climbing around the world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >