Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE GARDENS OF CONSOLATION by Parisa Reza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"Winner of 2015's Prix Senghor for a debut novel by a Francophone writer, this compelling book raises important questions about indulgence, gender, community, and the impact of politics on everyday life."
Love, lust, and politics can sometimes exist harmoniously. They can also clash. Read full book review >
ONE LIFE TO LOSE by Kris Ripper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"A sweet, different kind of love story that brings new light to a murder mystery four books in the making."
An independent theater owner meets two young men who take his breath away, but a murder in La Vista has everyone on edge. Read full book review >

THE RETURN OF MUNCHAUSEN by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Playful and erudite, sprinkled with philosophy and politics, funny in places and melancholy in others, this novella, like most of Krzhizhanovsky's work, remained unpublished during his lifetime; how lucky that we can read it now."
Early Soviet writer Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950; Autobiography of a Corpse, 2013, etc.) revives the eponymous teller of tall tales and sets him loose in 1920s Moscow. Read full book review >
MOSHI MOSHI by Banana Yohimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A fleeting portrait of a critical moment in a young woman's life, one with which the late John Hughes might have felt some kinship."
A young Japanese woman is left hurt, confused, and lost in the wake of her father's mysterious death. Read full book review >
NICE WORK (IF YOU CAN GET IT) by Celia Imrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A bit plodding at first, this novel won't immediately grab readers with its engaging plot. Rather, it will slowly charm those up for a story that gradually unfolds into something delightful."
Can four retirees open a successful restaurant together in a quaint little town on the French Riviera? Read full book review >

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF MRS. SHARMA by Ratika Kapur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Even as cultural products can feel increasingly generic in our technologically advanced global marketplace, Kapur (Overwinter, 2012) proves that a gifted writer can still powerfully capture a complex voice from a singular place and time."
In contradictory modern India, an urban woman's private confession becomes a portrait, and perhaps an indictment, of 21st-century globalism. Read full book review >
THE EDIT by J. Sydney Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Jones (A Matter of Breeding, 2014, etc.) brings deliciously dark humor to his psychological thriller, a worthy cousin to John Fowles' classic The Collector."
A Nazi war criminal who fled his homeland shares his story with a young journalist he's kidnapped. Read full book review >
THE ICE BENEATH HER by Camilla Grebe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir."
Veteran co-author Grebe (More Bitter Than Death, with Åsa Träff, 2013, etc.) takes her first solo turn in this tale of three troubled souls linked by a horrific crime—and what a turn it is. Read full book review >
WILD WICKED SCOT by Julia London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An absorbing read from a novelist at the top of her game."
A young woman must choose between loyalty to her father and loyalty to her husband, but she decides not to be a pawn in men's power games anymore. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS by Stephanie Laurens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A sweeping end to an exploratory historical romance quartet."
The oldest brother of a grand British family finishes what his brothers started. Read full book review >
LADY CLAIRE IS ALL THAT by Maya Rodale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"For Austenites with a yen for a hero who is humbled into good sense and a heroine who learns to value sensibility."
Love blooms unexpectedly when an American arrival to Regency London becomes a pawn in a bet between two ne'er-do-well aristocrats. Read full book review >
DIFFERENT CLASS by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A gripping fictional exposé of a tempest no teapot can contain."
Mr. Chips meets Gordon Gekko in Harris' (Peaches for Father Francis, 2012, etc.) novel of academe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >