Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 10)

LANDING by Laia Fàbregas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A finely crafted novel of either serendipity or fate—we never know."
An old man and a young woman sit next to each other on a flight. When the man dies and the woman walks off with a small wooden box he'd been carrying to show his son, their parallel personal histories become entwined, showing the serendipity of life. Read full book review >
A BRIEF THEORY OF TRAVEL AND THE DESERT by Cristian Crusat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Haunting stories of sorrow and isolation."
A slim volume of six stories translated from Spanish focusing on the difficulties of communication and on the beauty—and emptiness—of the natural world. Read full book review >

SHELTER IN PLACE by Alexander Maksik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"On every page we're reminded of the paradox of how mysterious, thorny, and delicate family relationships can be."
Maksik firmly creates the "place" as the Pacific Northwest, though his characters have a difficult time finding any kind of "shelter"—from place or from each other. Read full book review >
LONER by Teddy Wayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A startlingly sharp study of not just collegiate culture, but of social forces at large; a novel as absorbing as it is devastating."
A stunning—and profoundly disconcerting—take on the campus novel, Wayne's (The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, 2013, etc.) latest is as dark as it is addictive. Read full book review >
LEAVE ME by Gayle Forman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An appealing fairy tale for the exhausted and underappreciated."
What if an overworked mother simply walked away? Could she find herself yet keep her abandoned family? Read full book review >

A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An elegant, understated book about a simple man still leaves something wanting."
In this quiet, serenely powerful novel, a man lives out his life in a remote mountain village as the bulk of the 20th century sweeps past. Read full book review >
BLACK WAVE by Michelle Tea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A biting, sagacious, and delightfully dark metaliterary novel about finding your way in a world on fire."
Churning through lovers, baggies, and bottles, writer Michelle Leduski runs for LA with the end of the world on her heels. Read full book review >
THE BROTHER by Rein Raud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A slim but satisfying novel with archetypal resonances."
This Estonian novel draws on the trope of American Westerns—Clint Eastwood or Alan Ladd would have been extremely comfortable in the title role—in which a mysterious hero shows up on the scene, sets things right, and then disappears. Read full book review >
TWO SHE-BEARS by Meir Shalev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This knotty, labyrinthine tale fails to add up to more than its parts."
A novel about love, desire, loss, and revenge in a small Israeli settlement. Read full book review >
THE VIRGINITY OF FAMOUS MEN by Christine Sneed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Tenderly portrayed and sharply observed. A rich collection."
Sneed follows her recent novel (Paris, He Said, 2015, etc.) with a new, wide-ranging collection of short stories. Read full book review >
A TREE OR A PERSON OR A WALL by Matt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Admirable efforts to strip familiarity and sentiment from stories of humanity at its worst, albeit with hit-or-miss execution."
A clutch of stories with a flavor of the experimental, the apocalyptic, and often both. Read full book review >
AFTER JAMES by Michael  Helm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A novel that seems to aspire to a consciously literary emulation of William Gibson but struggles with upsetting passivity."
Helm (Cities of Refuge, 2010, etc.) creates a claustrophobic atmosphere of surreal unease and technology-fueled horror. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >