Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE THIRTY-NINTH MAN by D.A.  Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2013

"An unforgiving look at the battles between the white settlers of the mid-1800s and the Dakota, offering an illuminating perspective on Native American history."
A debut historical novel details the events that led to the Dakota War in the 19th-century Midwest. Read full book review >
THE MISCREANT by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2017

"A remarkable collection that fans of literary short fiction should deeply enjoy."
A decades-spanning volume of short stories depicts the foibles of family and culture. Read full book review >

FOUND LIFE by Linor Goralik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A welcome collection from a writer worth hearing more from—so translators, get busy."
Quietly subversive works of imagination from a Ukraine-born Russian/Israeli writer who describes herself as an essayist. Read full book review >
THE CAMEL AND THE SCORPION by C.C. Rising
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2017

"A nerve-wracking, vibrantly dramatic tale with an empathetic protagonist."
In Rising's debut thriller, a Texas college professor in 1977 tries to prove the innocence of her young student, a suspected terrorist imprisoned in Israel. Read full book review >
FIRST KISS by Benito Heyliger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A charming look at an enduring relationship."
A chance encounter leads a young couple on the path to true love in this debut novella. Read full book review >

THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Victoria Namkung
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sober, personable tale about the complexities of sexual abuse and its aftermath."
Namkung (The Things We Tell Ourselves, 2015, etc.) presents a novel about a predatory English teacher and the journalists who seek to stop him. Read full book review >
THE TRUE CAUSE OF DARKNESS by John W.  Bebout
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An engrossing and intricate war tale with a rousing young hero."
In this debut novel, a teenager from the Shenandoah Valley tries to save his family during the Civil War. Read full book review >
EPHEMERAL by Andie  Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A sweet narrative about self-actualization."
When an aspiring author begins horseback-riding lessons, she discovers her true passion in Andrews' (Saints in the City, 2008, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
HOLDING FIRE by Bruce  Borgos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sensitive depiction of the power of both love and land."
A standoff between a rancher and the government—dead-set on seizing his herd of cattle—spirals dangerously toward a violent confrontation in this debut novel. Read full book review >
ENCOUNTERS UNFORSEEN by Andrew  Rowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"A remarkably new and inventive take on a momentous episode in the 15th century."
A debut historical novel dramatizes the first contact between Columbus and natives in the Caribbean. Read full book review >
TITLE 13 by Michael A.  Ferro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Affecting and inventively funny despite its cumbersome length."
An alcoholic confronts a work crisis and the sting of loneliness in this debut novel. Read full book review >
A DEADLY DISCOVERY by Ed Day
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Not earthshaking, but an often entertaining discovery that ably sets up a sequel."
The inventors of a world-changing technology flee for their lives from those who want it for themselves in Day's debut thriller. 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 >