Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

ACRES OF PERHAPS by Will Ludwigsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"Evocative tales of alternate realities steeped in the ethos of Shirley Jackson and Ray Bradbury."
Fabulist Ludwigsen (In Search Of and Others, 2013) returns with a fresh collection of surreal tales from the dark side. Read full book review >
The Bioman Chronicles by A.L.F.I.E.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"A thrilling superhero journey that remains smart and thoughtful."
A young man must make radical leaps in perception to save humanity from a powerful artificial intelligence in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >

THE BUILDING by Richard  Snodgrass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"An audacious, gripping, and wise novel.
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In Snodgrass' (Kitchen Things, 2013, etc.) novel, a complex construction project teeters on the brink of failure, pitting workers against each other. Read full book review >
THE FLEUR DE SEL MURDERS by Jean-Luc Bannalec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Bannelec's Breton adventures are some of the best French local color going, with a deft blend of puzzle, personality, and description of the indescribable."
Commissaire Georges Dupin (Murder on Brittany Shores, 2016, etc.) strays off his patch to probe a murder in the salt marshes of Guérande. Read full book review >
THE EMISSARY by Yoko Tawada
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"An ebullient meditation on language and time that feels strikingly significant in the present moment."
In this slim, impactful novel, surrealist master Tawada (Memoirs of a Polar Bear, 2016, etc.) imagines a dystopian Japan reckoning with its own identity. Read full book review >

YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT by Curtis Sittenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"The way we live now, assessed with rue and grace."
Ten stories by bestselling novelist Sittenfeld (Eligible, 2016, etc.) probe the fissures beneath the surfaces of comfortable lives. Read full book review >
MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Whelan has created a beautiful, romantic story that focuses on big ideas—love, death, poetry, and what really matters in the end."
A young woman starts an unexpected relationship while studying at Oxford in Whelan's debut. Read full book review >
PROPERTY by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Few writers are so committed to using fiction to explore the intimate impact of formal regulations and informal social engineering, but it remains a hit-and-miss project."
A dozen stories about homeownership, cohabitation, and other domestic perils, suffused to various degrees with Shriver's (The Mandibles, 2016, etc.) political concerns. Read full book review >
THE LINDEN TREE by César Aira
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A funny, sardonic, and richly emotional journey through one man's interior experience."
An ethereal ramble through the sweet haze of nostalgia by the prolific Argentinean writer Aira (The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
WEST by Carys Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A masterful first novel—the sort of book that warms even as it devastates, that forces serious reflection and yet charms."
In the early 19th century, a man quests into the American West and finds a world teetering between extinction and dreams. Read full book review >
A NANTUCKET WEDDING by Nancy Thayer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A delightful beach-town tale about family relationships and second chances."
A middle-aged widow meets a handsome CEO and is finally getting another chance at love, but she has her work cut out for her when she tries to blend two families of adult children. Read full book review >
RUBIK by Elizabeth Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"An intriguing, high-concept effort cut from the same generational cloth as Tumblr and Wattpad."
Tan's debut novel is both a love letter to fandom and a sustained meditation on alienation, artificiality, and the sinister nature of capitalism. 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 >