Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A PERFECT LIFE by Eileen Pollack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2016

"Pollack expertly and sensitively focuses on the nuances of ambivalence and on the human dilemma of what to do in the complex ethical situations that arise from genetic research."
Jane Weiss, a research scientist at MIT, investigates the genetic makeup of a neurodegenerative disease, a quest made more urgent because her mother died of the disease and Jane herself has a 50 percent chance of having it. Read full book review >
The Role by Richard Taylor Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2016

"A lightweight, entertaining Broadway yarn."
A young New York actor finds his life imitating his art in this gay theater romance. Read full book review >

The Society by Jodie Andrefski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A thoughtful, sensitively drawn examination of bullying, revenge, and personal responsibility."
In Andrefski's (The Girlfriend Request, 2016, etc.) novel, a bullied teen at an elite private school plots revenge against her tormentors during recruitment week for a secret society. Read full book review >
EVERY BRIDE HAS HER DAY  by Lynnette  Austin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers who enjoy detailed worldbuilding and secondary character development will like this story. Those who prefer a faster pace and more focus on the main characters should skip it."
In this Southern contemporary, a surly NYPD narcotics detective hides away in small-town Georgia after an investigation ends badly, only to find himself reluctantly drawn to his florist neighbor. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Jo Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers of Western historical romance will enjoy the novel's deft blending of suspense, humor, and family drama."
When a mysterious battered stranger is found on her land, a young woman rancher struggles to protect her heart—and a secret—from him. Read full book review >

SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS' ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS by Mark Binelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This dreamlike album of real and imagined scenes from a complex artist's memory bank is as flamboyant a display of light and shadow as one of Hawkins' stage shows."
The sometimes-murky details behind a rhythm-and-blues legend are transformed by dark magic and even darker comedy into an eccentric mélange of imaginative speculation and cultural criticism. Read full book review >
THE LAST GOOD GIRL by Allison Leotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Billed as 'ripped from the headlines,' Leotta's latest proves entertaining enough but feels more like a book that's ripped from Google."
Leotta's spunky heroine, federal lawyer Anna Curtis, takes on the timely topic of rape on college campuses and discovers an ugly underbelly in the academic system. Read full book review >
WILDE LAKE by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Although she overamps some reveals and shortchanges others, Lippman as always treads the fine line between certainty and amazement."
Lippman (Hush Hush, 2015, etc.) takes familiar themes to a new locale as she traces a family's journey from raucous Baltimore to the meticulously planned community of Columbia, Maryland. Read full book review >
NATIVE BELIEVER by Ali Eteraz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A provocative and very funny exploration of Muslim identity in America today."
A secular Muslim searches for his place in America in this biting satire from first-time novelist Eteraz (Falsipedies and Fibsiennes, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CHIMES by Anna Smaill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Entrancingly poetic and engagingly plotted, this is a story that brims with heart and soul."
A melodic, immersive dystopian tale set in a London where writing is lost and song has replaced story. Read full book review >
THE PURSUIT OF PEARLS by Jane Thynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective."
A movie star faces the nightmare of living in Nazi Germany in this second volume of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >
A KILLER BALL AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"The third in Dennison's series of zany country cozies veers even closer to farce than its predecessors (Desire at Honeychurch Hall, 2015, etc.). It's still enjoyable if you don't think too hard."
A decades-old costume event brings new trouble for a titled family and its tenants. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >