Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

IN THE GARDEN OF THE FUGITIVES by Ceridwen Dovey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"Sweeping both geographically and intellectually; a literary page-turner."
A South African expatriate now living in Australia and her much-older American benefactor wrestle with obsession and guilt while reconstructing the stories that brought them together many years earlier in Dovey's (Only the Animals, 2015) psychological excavation. Read full book review >
84K by Claire North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"Style gets in the way of substance here, but North is an original and even dazzling writer, and fans of her work will enjoy this grim tale of capitalism taken to a terrifying extreme."
A story about the value of one human life. Read full book review >

RELICS OF THE DIVINE by Stephen R.  Watts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"An absorbing coming-of-age quest tale with few female leaders."
In this debut fantasy adventure novel, a young man, an acolyte in a mystic tradition, embarks on a diplomatic mission that tests his calling. Read full book review >
THE BIOGRAPHIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE by Nicole Dieker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"A shrewdly unique portrait of everyday America."
This second installment of a two-volume novel charts the everyday lives of the members of a Missouri-based family and its acquaintances. Read full book review >
REALITY GOLD by Tiffany  Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"This lambent, indelible cast outshines any gold they might find."
A teen's participation on a reality show is an opportunity to search for an island treasure, a legendary fortune others are also hunting, in Brooks' debut YA thriller. Read full book review >

STAR OF THE NORTH by D.B. John
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"A sometimes-suspenseful but never gripping novel about North Korea circa 2010."
A dozen years after her 18-year-old identical twin sister disappeared from a beach on South Korea's Baengnyeong Island, just west of North Korea, Georgetown geopolitics professor Jenna Williams risks her life to find her. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER I MET JACK by Michelle Gable
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"A riveting tale about America's most romanticized family."
A Polish-Jewish immigrant has a romantic affair with John F. Kennedy in this vivid historical novel. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE SWAP by Rebecca Fleet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"While this mediocre thriller may provide a fix for some die-hard fans of domestic noir, most readers will be disappointed."
Marital infidelity, drug addiction, house swapping, stalking, and a surprise ending add up to a psychologically suspenseful story in British novelist Fleet's U.S. debut. Read full book review >
A VIEW OF THE EMPIRE AT SUNSET by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"A lackluster novel from a great writer."
Another novel with a Brontë connection from the award-winning British author. Read full book review >
UNWORTHY by Antonio Monda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"An interesting but finally disappointing look at a priest grappling with women and guilt."
In 1970s New York, a young priest agonizes over his surrender to temptations of the flesh. Read full book review >
THE MANDELA PLOT by Kenneth Bonert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"Chaim Potok meets Leon Uris: a solid if overlong portrait of violence and renewal."
Sophomore novel from South African writer Bonert (The Lion Seeker, 2013) exploring the turbulent closing years of the apartheid regime. Read full book review >
THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"Not his best, but a spooky pleasure for King's boundless legion of fans."
Horrormeister King (End of Watch, 2016, etc.) serves up a juicy tale that plays at the forefront of our current phobias, setting a police procedural among the creepiest depths of the supernatural. 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 >