Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Transformed: San Francisco by Suzanne Falter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An amusing, sexually inclusive novel about joining forces to save a metropolis.
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Falter (How Much Joy Can You Stand?, 2014, etc.) and Harvey introduce an unlikely couple of crime fighters in this San Francisco-based thriller.Read full book review >
THE FUGITIVES by Christopher Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Thoughtful but full of action—and a pleasing entertainment, too."
Things are never as they seem: not among the well-heeled of Manhattan and certainly not among the leave-me-alone downtrodden of rural Michigan. Read full book review >

SHOOT by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Valentino's most relaxed and accomplished appearance to date, one whose tone of sunset valediction perfectly suits what sounds uncomfortably (say it ain't so!) like Estleman's farewell to the two genres he's been masterfully associated with for 30 years."
Estleman combines his two greatest loves, sleuthing and Westerns, in film-preservation detective Valentino's fourth appearance. Read full book review >
SUDDEN DEATH by Álvaro Enrigue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An innovative if knotty study of geopolitics in the Age of Discovery."
A tennis match between a poet and a painter serves as an extended metaphor on the messy clash between colonialism and art. Read full book review >
INTO OBLIVION by Arnaldur Indridason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Indridason's quiet authority and moody prose are beautifully at play in Erlendur's 11th case (Reykjavik Nights, 2015, etc.), another pitch-perfect procedural from a master."
An unidentified body found in a lagoon triggers dark memories for a veteran detective. Read full book review >

WRECK AND ORDER by Hannah Tennant-Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Often unsettling, sometimes funny, always meticulously observed; a quietly intoxicating novel that resists easy answers."
Tennant-Moore's sharp debut follows a defiantly self-destructive young woman—powerfully intelligent and profoundly lost—as she grapples with identity, spirituality, and purpose. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF ELVES by Muriel Barbery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Although possibly too abstract for children and too fey for some adults, this fervent, idiosyncratic fable is undeniable evidence of a richly lyrical imagination."
The conjoined powers of two magical children bring about a new alliance to thwart evil and unite the natural world in this fantastical novel from a bestselling French writer. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES by Alex Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Fans of the John Wells series won't be disappointed. They'll agree with his enemies that if Wells isn't Superman, he's super something."
This adrenaline-filled thriller pits ex-CIA man John Wells against formidable foes. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE LINE OF FIRE by Mark Henshaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A remarkable and brainy work of metafiction."
An Australian writer heads to Germany, where he gets strong doses of philosophy, violence, taboo sex, and unreliable narration. Read full book review >
THE THEORETICAL FOOT by M.F.K. Fisher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A period piece and an interesting novelty, Fisher's novel has exquisite moments, but it's easy to see why she didn't consider herself a novelist."
From the great 20th-century food and travel writer, a lyrical roman à clef set among Americans in 1930s Switzerland. Read full book review >
ARCADIA by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A head-scratcher but an ambitious pleasure. When puzzled, press on: Pears' yarn is worth the effort."
Arcadia: a kind of heaven on Earth. Arcade: a place where games are played. Somewhere between the two lies this odd confection by the restless, genre-hopping Pears (Stone's Fall, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
BLACK RABBIT HALL by Eve Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Compellingly readable and riddled with twists and turns worthy of Daphne du Maurier, Chase's tale will delight fans of romantic mysteries."
Thirty years apart, two women's secrets unfold within Black Rabbit Hall, a ramshackle ancestral home set in windswept Cornwall. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >