Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

NOVEMBER STORM  by Robert Oldshue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Oldshue writes a loose, relaxed prose, that of an unhurried natural storyteller with a wry affection for many of his characters and a wide range of human interest."
The characters in this debut story collection confront minor crises and sudden shocks, the sort of narrative spectrum one might expect from an author who's also a medical doctor. Read full book review >
NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Lyrical and affecting, the novel succeeds in skirting clichés through its empathy and through the depth of its major characters."
In post-Civil War Texas, a 10-year-old girl makes an odyssey back to her aunt and uncle's home after living with the Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four years earlier. Read full book review >

THE MORTIFICATIONS by Derek Palacio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Searching, heartbreaking, and achingly beautiful, the novel is as intimate as it is sweeping."
A powerful family saga, Palacio's gorgeous and challenging debut follows the Encarnacións as they navigate the space between Hartford, Connecticut, and their native Cuba. Read full book review >
TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT by Maria Semple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This author is on her way to becoming a national treasure."
A day in the life of an enchanting and gifted woman who is almost too frazzled to go on. Read full book review >
NICOTINE by Nell Zink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Social satire with a sharp wit and a big heart."
A rich, rewarding tale of love, rebirth, and chewing tobacco from the author of Mislaid (2015) and The Wallcreeper (2014). Read full book review >

CAUGHT  by Henry Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Dense and often funny, this reissue is necessary reading for fans of both Green and modernist fiction."
Green draws on his experience with the Auxiliary Fire Service in this intricate 1943 novel about waiting for and living through the London Blitz. Read full book review >
BACK by Henry Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"In this quick and engrossing novel, Green reveals that living and loving are more about embracing failures and making frequent recalibrations than striving toward unattainable ideals."
Farcical mystery and a heavy dose of pragmatism enliven and ground British writer Green's 1946 off-kilter romance, reissued with an introduction by Deborah Eisenberg. Read full book review >
EVERY MAN A MENACE by Patrick Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"With its hard-boiled shenanigans and soft-minded crooks, Hoffman's follow-up to The White Van (2014) is another strong and original addition to the crime fiction genre."
How many drug dealers, dirty cops, lowlifes, and hapless victims does it take to screw up a $50 million shipment of the drug Ecstasy? When the assorted players are as desperate or dumb as the cast of this bleakly amusing, noir-saturated saga, even more than you might think. Read full book review >
FEEDBACK  by Mira Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This mashup of medical and media ethics, politics and the living undead, is a whip-smart thriller overflowing with sharp ideas and social commentary."
A U.S. presidential campaign set in a zombie-infested future bears an eerie resemblance to the way we live now. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2016 by Junot Díaz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Essential for every student of the short story form."
A renewal of the longtime prize-volume series, perhaps its strongest installment yet. Read full book review >
THE EXPLOSION CHRONICLES by Yan Lianke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Overly broad but brilliant."
Yan (The Four Books, 2015, etc.) returns with renewed vigor to the job of lampooning communist orthodoxy, capitalist ambition, and "contemporary China's incomprehensible absurdity." Read full book review >
HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS by Suzanne Enoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A thrilling and sexy story about the joy that can be found in doing one's duty."
A career soldier inherits a dukedom and a crumbling Scottish castle. When he travels there to confront the recalcitrant steward, he is unexpectedly captivated by both the place and the steward's sister. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >