Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

BOUNDARY by Andrée  Michaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Spellbinding. This novel is no light read, and beneath its layers lies a vision profoundly rewarding, beautiful, and tragic."
Quebec novelist Michaud (The River of Dead Trees, 2002, etc.) explores the devastating consequences of murder upon a close-knit community in this deeply psychological novel translated from the French. Read full book review >
FINGERPRINTS OF PREVIOUS OWNERS by Rebecca  Entel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A reckoning with the legacies of colonialism and slavery and their reverberations in the present day."
A young woman unearths the violent history of her Caribbean home. Read full book review >

THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A departure for both authors and a pleasing combination of much appeal to fans of speculative fiction."
Immense and immensely entertaining genre-hopping yarn from hard-core sci-fi veteran Stephenson (Seveneves, 2015, etc.) and historical novelist Galland (Stepdog, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CHANGELING by Victor LaValle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A smart and knotty merger of horror, fantasy, and realism."
A tragedy thrusts a mourning father into peculiar, otherworldly corners of New York City. Read full book review >
HELL AND HIGH WATER by Tanya Landman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"So riveting that the pages seem to turn of their own accord. (Fiction. 13-adult)"
Murder and mystery abound in this engrossing and atmospheric tale set in 18th-century England. Read full book review >

YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT by Daniel Kehlmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A book to keep you up at night."
A beautifully crafted exercise in terror from one of Germany's most celebrated contemporary authors. Read full book review >
A HOUSE AMONG THE TREES by Julia Glass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"This is a fitting tribute to the man who brought boldness and emotional depth to children's literature: vivid without being simplistic, as grippingly readable as it is thoughtful."
The sudden death of a successful children's author leaves the survivors to grapple with his legacy and consider the secrets we all keep in this radiant latest from Glass (And the Dark Sacred Night, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
SO MUCH BLUE by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"The author's deft plotting and wry wit sustain multiple levels of intrigue, not only about how each of the subplots resolves itself, but how they all fit together."
An artist ponders a painting he wants to keep private along with the back stories that inspired it, the secrets that continue to haunt him. Read full book review >
COCKFOSTERS by Helen Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2017

"Simpson's stories pack a quiet emotional power that extends beyond their pages."
Time is the essence of this spare, subtle short story collection. Read full book review >
THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS by Arundhati Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"An assured novel borne along by a swiftly moving storyline that addresses the most profound issues with elegant humor. Let's hope we won't have to wait two decades for its successor."
The first novel in 20 years from Roy (The God of Small Things, 1997, etc.) and a book worth the wait: a humane, engaged tale of love, politics, and no small amount of suffering. Read full book review >
HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Spellbinding."
A shocking crime and its aftermath—and the blurred line between guilt and innocence—propel Kelly's (The Burning Air, 2013, etc.) riveting new thriller. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF LIES by Emily Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Twists aplenty in this searing murder mystery should leave readers dizzy, in the best way possible."
In this thriller, a tell-all about a celebrity novelist examines her most famous horror book, which may be more truth than fiction. 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 >