Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

MORNING AND EVENING by Jon Fosse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2015

"A brief yet dense contemplative sketch weighted with spiritual touches."
A fisherman confronts his life, loves, and mortality in this elliptical, somber novella. Read full book review >
DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY by Bill Clegg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An attempt to map how the unbearable is borne, elegantly written and bravely imagined."
Hours before a wedding, a fire kills the bride, the groom, her father, and her mother's boyfriend. Read full book review >

THE FIREBUG OF BALROG COUNTY by David Oppegaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An unusual coming of age, sparking a hot if not quite perfect conflagration. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Take one angry 18-year-old, sprinkle with zingy narrative, and add a match. Read full book review >
THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! by Jonathan Evison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Evison writes humanely and with good humor of his characters, who, like the rest of us, muddle through, too often without giving ourselves much of a break. A lovely, forgiving character study that's a pleasure to read."
Insightful, richly entertaining look at a woman who, very late in the game, finds that life remains full of surprises. Read full book review >
THE CHILD GARDEN by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"McPherson's newest stand-alone (Come to Harm, 2015, etc.) is a stunning combination of creepy thriller and classic mystery with a startling denouement."
A divorced woman with a severely disabled teenage son gets sucked into a mystery that will change her forever. Read full book review >

CRIES FOR HELP, VARIOUS by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Powell has great fun with abstraction that harks back to Barthelme and the Modernists, though not every riff registers."
A playful and provoking clutch of stories that forces words and themes into unfamiliar territory. Read full book review >
TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS by Salman Rushdie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Beguiling and astonishing, wonderful and wondrous. Rushdie at his best."
"It's a terrible thing when one speaks metaphorically and the metaphor turns into a literal truth." So writes Rushdie (Joseph Anton: A Memoir, 2012, etc.) in one of his very best books, one whose governing metaphor can be about many terrible truths indeed.Read full book review >
HONEY FROM THE LION by Matthew Neill Null
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The writing is exact and assured, the story complex and rewarding. Fans of John Sayles' film Matewan will find this a kindred work and just as good."
Lyrical, quietly powerful debut novel from a young, prizewinning short story writer. Read full book review >
THE THINGS WE DON'T DO by Andrés Neuman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Even with the slightest of flourishes, Neuman demonstrates a marvelous gift for the medium of short stories, infusing each with equal parts compassion and conflict."
Thirty-four short fictions from a splendid practitioner of the craft. Read full book review >
UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR by Patrick deWitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"For fans of the books of Neil Gaiman, the films of M. Night Shyamalan, and similar fabulisms."
"A modesty of appetite represents a paucity of heart": a sometimes bibulous, occasionally violent, well thought through modern take on folkloric storytelling. Read full book review >
SIT! STAY! SPEAK! by Annie England Noblin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A cozy read that's full of dogs, romance, and small-town charm."
A woman tries to escape her past but discovers a new set of problems in this charming debut. Read full book review >
THE DRUNKEN SPELUNKER'S GUIDE TO PLATO by Kathy Giuffre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"With its evenhanded narrator, this low-key novel succinctly evokes the supportive dynamics of the community at its heart."
A young woman living in a college town in the early 1990s learns about life, love, and ancient Greek philosophy in this episodic, often comic tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >