Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

RIDING IN CARS WITH GIRLS by Evangeline Jennings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2015

"A smashing, original collection likely to be read again and again."
Disenchanted characters find violence—or dispatch it—behind the wheel in Jennings' (Generic Airport Thriller, 2014, etc.) collection of crime-noir tales. Read full book review >
VOICES IN THE NIGHT by Steven Millhauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2015

"A superb testament to America's quirkiest short story writer, still on his game."
A master storyteller continues to navigate the blurry space between magic and reality in 16 comic, frightening, consistently off-kilter tales. Read full book review >

THE WOMAN WHO READ TOO MUCH by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"An ambitious effort produces an expertly crafted epic."
A mid-19th-century Persian poetess clashes against old-world gender expectations, religious orthodoxy, and politics in this exquisite tale, based on the actual life of poet and theologian Tahirih Qurratu'l-Ayn. Read full book review >
OYE WHAT I'M GONNA TELL YOU by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"Uneven at times, but when it sparks, it catches fire."
Cuban-Americans grapple with the beauty, boundaries and nuances of their cultural heritage in this irregular, multifaceted new collection from Rodríguez Milanés (Literature and Writing/Univ. of Central Florida; Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S BILLY by Tom LeClair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"Herndon's an interesting fellow, but Abraham Lincoln is the book's star."
In LeClair's (Passing Through, 2008, etc.) novel, Abraham Lincoln's law partner, William Herndon, wants to "provide a naturalistic and profound analysis of how different traits combine to form a complex individual" when he writes the great man's biography.Read full book review >

GUTSHOT by Amelia Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"The best of Gray's stories find that balance between devastation and humor and navigate an uneasy territory with agility; in this book, there are many that reach that mark."
The minute details of life are memorably rendered in surreal and sometimes grotesque ways. Read full book review >
YOU CAN TRUST ME by Sophie McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"McKenzie ups her game in this one."
Children's-book author McKenzie follows her first adult novel (Close My Eyes, 2013) with another intense thriller.Read full book review >
FIFTEEN DOGS by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A clever exploration of our essence, communication, and how our societies are organized."
When is a dog not a dog? Two Greek gods bet on what would happen to 15 unsuspecting canines if they were granted human intelligence. Read full book review >
THE FAIR FIGHT by Anna Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Great characters and wild turns of events make this book a knockout."
A lady boxer, a poxy lady and a louche pretty boy tangle in 18th-century England. Read full book review >
THE MARK ON EVE by Joel Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"An intriguing novel about a woman developing her stance on women's rights over the course of America's history."
In Fox's (Lincoln's Hand, 2013, etc.) historical drama, a woman cursed with immortality dedicates her eternal life to ensuring that a female candidate makes it into the White House. Read full book review >
THE FISHERMEN by Chigozie Obioma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty."
Life changes dramatically for Benjamin, the fourth of six children, when his father, Eme, is transferred to the town of Yola by his employer, leaving his mother to raise him and his siblings back home in Akure, Nigeria in the 1990s. Read full book review >
WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >