Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SIGNALS by Tim Gautreaux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"Gautreaux's deft wit and empathy for his characters make for a winning collection."
Facing conflict, Gautreaux's (The Missing, 2009, etc.) working-class characters try to do the right thing in 21 new and selected stories set in Louisiana and elsewhere. Read full book review >
HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD by Ottessa Moshfegh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A smartly turned and admirably consistent collection about love and its many discontents."
Dysfunctional relationships of many stripes—crumbling marriages, bad dates, slacker partners—drive this dark and quirky clutch of stories. Read full book review >

NIGHT OF FIRE by Colin Thubron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Thubron isn't subtle in his themes or structure, but he intrigues with his many resonances and takes the reader on a journey through life's essential questions."
Flashbacks provide a glimpse of the lives of seven seemingly disconnected people who occupy an old British building in this engrossing novel by the celebrated travel writer. Read full book review >
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Arden has shaped a world that neatly straddles the seen and the unseen, where readers will hear echoes of stories from childhood while recognizing the imagination that has transformed old material into something fresh."
Arden's supple, sumptuous first novel transports the reader to a version of medieval Russia where history and myth coexist. Read full book review >
JUST ANOTHER JIHADI JANE by Tabish Khair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Was this intense, enlightening novel really written not by a British Muslim girl but a male Indian novelist who lives in Denmark? It seems impossible. Required reading for anyone interested in trying to understand our mad, bloody world."
Two British Muslim girls run away to Syria to join the Islamic State group but find something far beyond disillusionment. Read full book review >

HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A novel to savor long after it ends. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The talented author of More Happy than Not (2015) returns with a moving novel that explores friendship, grief, and trust among four young men. Read full book review >
HUMAN ACTS by Han Kang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A fiercely written, deeply upsetting, and beautifully human novel."
The brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy during the 1980 Gwangju Uprising becomes the connective tissue between the isolated characters of this emotionally harrowing novel. Read full book review >
LIKE DEATH by Guy de Maupassant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A finely shaded portrait of desire, will, and the complex entanglements of love, set against cutting social commentary from a realist master."
The psychoemotional precision of Maupassant in an elegant new translation by celebrated translator Howard. Read full book review >
THE DRY by Jane Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A chilling story set under a blistering sun, this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime."
A mystery that starts with a sad homecoming quickly turns into a nail-biting thriller about family, friends, and forensic accounting. Read full book review >
SLEEPING MASK by Peter LaSalle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"LaSalle's prose is lyrical, at times rhapsodic, and his characters memorable."
Twelve stories in a range of styles, each haunting and evocative. Read full book review >
ALWAYS HAPPY HOUR by Mary Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Like a two-for-one drink special or a boxful of beer, this bracingly strong collection may prove intoxicating."
A sense of detachment permeates the lives of the women in this short story collection, yet readers will find themselves riveted. Read full book review >
A LIST OF CAGES by Robin Roe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In her debut, Roe tells the story of a friendship between two young men who will linger in the thoughts and minds of readers long after the final page is turned. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >