Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE WINTER FATHER by Andre Dubus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2018

"This set, comprising this volume and We Don't Live Here Anymore, will likely do much to revive interest in Dubus' early work."
Second of a two-volume collection of short fiction by Dubus (Broken Vessels, 1991, etc.), gathering the previous volumes Finding a Girl in America (1980) and The Times Are Never So Bad (1983). Read full book review >
WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Andre Dubus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2018

"A welcome gathering of work by a writer always worth reading."
First of a two-volume collection of short fiction by Dubus (Dancing After Hours, 1996, etc.), a Chekhov-ian laureate of silences and secrets. Read full book review >

THE LAND OF GRACE by Mike  Burrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2018

"An intoxicating tale that's simultaneously gaudy and exquisite."
A satirical novel about a religious cult built around the worship of Elvis Presley. Read full book review >
THE SHEPHERD'S HUT by Tim Winton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Winton's story is worthy of a Peckinpah film—and splendidly written, if disturbing to the core."
Renowned Australian novelist Winton (The Boy Behind the Curtain, 2016, etc.) turns once again to the dark side of the Antipodean dream. Read full book review >
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian  Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"With its deliciously depicted restaurant setting and knowing perspective on Chinese-American culture, this novel is two-thirds cultural comedy. The other third is something deeper and sadder. A writer to watch."
The owner and employees of a venerable Chinese restaurant in the D.C. suburbs face drastic changes in their lives and routines. Read full book review >

AT NIGHT ONLY by Christopher Stoddard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"A depressingly beautiful portrait of the metropolitan human."
An unnamed narrator experiences the violent tides of a contemporary drug-infused life in New York City. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT COUPLE by Elin Hilderbrand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Sink into this book like a hot, scented bath...a delicious, relaxing pleasure. And a clever whodunit at the same time."
A wedding on Nantucket is canceled when the bride finds her maid of honor floating facedown in the Atlantic on the morning of the big day. Read full book review >
OUTCASTS OF ORDER  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Always a pleasure to abide in Modesitt's universe, if only for a few hours or days."
Second part of the trilogy (The Mongrel Mage, 2017) embedded in the Recluce fantasy series in which white chaos magic and black order magic coexist—often violently. Read full book review >
SAND by Wolfgang Herrndorf
by Wolfgang Herrndorf, translated by Tim Mohr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"It's bizarre, wacky, and broad—but highly entertaining, especially for fans of the Vonnegut/DFW school of the absurd."
A beguiling, idiosyncratic exercise in postmodern bafflement by the late artist/novelist Herrndorf (Why We Took the Car, 2014, etc.), awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for it in 2012. Read full book review >
LIKE TO DIE by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"A fast-moving, dialogue-driven tale so effortlessly and irresistibly spun that you may well finish it before you notice that nobody has died, except for a couple of faceless gangbangers executed offstage, and that the elaborately choreographed denouement doesn't make a whole lot of sense."
"Roving troubleshooter" Rushmore McKenzie agrees to look into a case of industrial sabotage and ends up shooting a lot more trouble than he expected. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK  by Cara Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Like her earlier entries, Black's latest is refreshingly free from the focus on French food culture that marks provincial mysteries and gratifyingly full of local Parisian color. But a little more variation in the detection menu would be welcome."
Aimée Leduc (Murder in Saint-Germain, 2017, etc.) chases across Paris' low-rent district in search of a World War II-era dossier. Read full book review >
PLAYTHINGS by Alex Pheby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"An intense, immersive reading experience that provides real insight into those afflicted with severe mental illness."
A highly detailed, emotional plunge into the mind of a disturbed man. 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 >