Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE SERPENT OF VENICE by Christopher Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Fool's gold, replete with junk jokes, from one of America's most original humorists."
Iago from Shakespeare's Othello, Antonio, the titular merchant of Venice, and Monstressor Brabantio from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" walk into a bar…. Read full book review >
LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Brilliant and dazzling Prose."
A tour de force of character, point of view and especially atmosphere, Prose's latest takes place in Paris from the late 1920s till the end of World War II. Read full book review >

A LIFE APART by L. Y. Marlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Extreme events, big issues and complicated feelings are sometimes beyond the scope of this overlong, simply told tale, but Marlow deftly tugs the heartstrings throughout."
A forbidden interracial attraction spans decades of secret involvement and some surprising attachments to reach a place of forgiveness. Read full book review >
PAST THE SHALLOWS by Favel Parrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"This poignant story resonates."
Australian Parrett's first novel, an understated and beautifully penned story set on the Tasmanian coast, gives voice to two brothers as their lives are influenced by unpredictable forces. Read full book review >
TERMS & CONDITIONS by Robert Glancy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"An original office comedy that dots all the I's and crosses all the T's: Think a dash of Office Space, a pinch of Palahniuk and a glance at Regarding Henry."
A contract lawyer with a traumatic brain injury tries to decide whether to piece together the shattered fragments of his old life or simply start a new one from scratch. It's a lot funnier than it sounds. Read full book review >

THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"McCracken's skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume."
These nine stories from fiction and memoir author McCracken (An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, 2008, etc.) excavate unexplored permutations of loss and grief. Read full book review >
SECRECY by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Thomson succeeds on a number of levels here, for the novel works as a mystery, as a love story, as a historical novel and, more abstractly, as an exploration of aesthetic theory."
Thomson (Death of a Murderer, 2007, etc.) takes us to 17th-century Florence, which by definition seems to be full of corrupt politicians, unscrupulous clergy and aspiring artists—and this, of course, long after the Renaissance has ended. Read full book review >
DON'T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"This surprisingly poignant comedy about teen-parent communication has enough bite to pique the interest of any teenager having trouble interacting meaningfully with her parents. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Usually it's a kid's use of social media that is a problem…. Read full book review >
THE CHANCE YOU WON'T RETURN by Annie Cardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"An honest, uncompromising story. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Cardi delves into issues of love, acceptance, loss and identity in her engaging debut novel. Read full book review >
IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT WE KNOW by Zia Haider Rahman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Beautifully written evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires."
War can divide friends. But then again, so can peace and all that falls between, the spaces inhabited by this ambitious, elegiac debut novel by Bangladeshi-British writer Rahman. Read full book review >
THE TARGET by David Baldacci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Robie and Reel fans will thrill to see their favorite spies back in action, no matter what the setting."
Baldacci picks up where he left off with CIA assassins Will Robie and Jessica Reel in this no-holds-barred tale of perfidy and murder at the highest level. Read full book review >
AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"A hugely entertaining, surprising and perhaps prophetic package that, without seeming to, raises profound questions about the human mind and the nature of perception."
An eye-popping glimpse of a near future when designer drugs are commonplace, from the author of Raising Stony Mayhall (2011, etc.). Read full book review >