Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE FLOATING WORLD by C. Morgan Babst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Deeply felt and beautifully written; a major addition to the literature of Katrina."
A New Orleans family is shattered and scattered by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Read full book review >
THE LAST MRS. PARRISH by Liv Constantine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A Gone Girl-esque confection with villainy and melodrama galore."
A wealthy woman with a handsome husband is preyed on by a ruthless con artist. Read full book review >

SMILE by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The understatement of the narrative makes the climax all the more devastating."
A return to form for the Dublin novelist, who illuminates the troubled psyche of a writer who can't quite bring himself to write. Read full book review >
IT DEVOURS! by Joseph Fink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A confident supernatural comedy from writers who can turn from laughter to tears on a dime."
A scientist and a man of faith must find common ground to save a friendly desert community in the American Southwest. Read full book review >
DEAD GIRLS AND OTHER STORIES by Emily Geminder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Startling, far-reaching tales of women who haunt and are haunted."
A chorus of dead and living girls and women in nine stories. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF SWORDS by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"When fine writer and expert editor Dozois beckons, authors deliver—and this surely will be one of the year's essential anthologies."
Dozois, an indefatigable editor (The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, 2017, etc.), introduces an all-new compendium of 16 original stories, many set in their authors' established fantasy universes. Read full book review >
VOICES IN THE DARK by Ulli Lust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Stunning."
A peculiar man obsessed with the human voice and the preteen daughter of a Nazi propagandist cross paths during the later stages of World War II: Austrian cartoonist Lust's (The Big Feminist But, 2014, etc.) first graphic novel is an adaptation of Marcel Beyer's novel The Karnau Tapes (1995). Read full book review >
CATAPULT by Emily Fridlund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Bracing, often brilliant stories deliver a shock to the routine narratives we tell."
Eleven stories of misshapen families and broken friendships disturb and unsettle. Read full book review >
HERE IN BERLIN by Cristina García
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A stunning collection of memories, snippets, and specters."
A visitor to Berlin accumulates the haunting stories of its residents. Read full book review >
THE STONE IN THE SKULL  by Elizabeth Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"In an overcrowded field, another entry that stands head and shoulders above nearly everything else."
Hoping to build on the dazzling triumph of her Eternal Sky fantasy trilogy (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.), Bear embarks on a new trilogy set in the same universe. Read full book review >
UNCERTAIN GLORY by Joan Sales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Philosophical and earthy, tragic and funny, honest, raw, superb: Sales makes Hemingway seem thin, even anemic, in comparison. This book is a rich and highly recommended feast."
Catalan writer Sales tells a multilayered story of loves, faith, friendships, and ideals tested by the Spanish Civil War in this novel banned by Franco's censors, then published in 1956 after the author's return from exile. Read full book review >
THE POWER by Naomi Alderman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Very smart and very entertaining."
All over the world, teenage girls develop the ability to send an electric charge from the tips of their fingers. 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 >