Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 10)

MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"An entertaining portrait of the artist as a young lout."
The narrator of the six-volume memoir-novel confronts his late teens, in which he defies his father by behaving much like him. Read full book review >
THE DISMANTLING by Brian DeLeeuw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"The novel moves at a brisk pace, and DeLeeuw provides back stories for his characters that make them complex and convincing."
A smart novel focusing on two moral issues: organ trafficking and, literally, getting away with murder. Read full book review >

THE BRINK by Austin Bunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Bunn's compelling stories are at their best when navigating chaotic landscapes, whether emotional or literal."
In this wide-ranging collection, characters must cope with changing, hazardous landscapes and wrestle with fundamental truths about themselves. Read full book review >
EARLY WARNING by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Sags a bit, as trilogy middle sections often do, but strong storytelling and a judicious number of loose ends will keep most readers looking forward to the promised third volume."
Opening with the 1953 funeral of patriarch Walter, Smiley follows the Langdon family introduced in Some Luck (2014, etc.) through its second and third generations. Read full book review >
WHERE WOMEN ARE KINGS by Christie Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"A multilayered, sophisticated book that gets to the heart of what family is and what we will do to love them."
London-born Elijah is just 5 years old when he's taken from his Nigerian birth mother, Deborah, because of signs of abuse, but he still dreams of her when adopted by the British foster parents—one white, one of Nigerian origin—who are determined to heal his wounds and give him a new life. Read full book review >

THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Race, class, fate and choice—they join Love and Death to play their parts in Brockenbrough's haunting and masterfully orchestrated narrative. (Magical realism. 12 & up)"
A lovingly realized Depression-era Seattle becomes the field of play for the latest round in the titular, age-old game. Read full book review >
THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Dive into this sweeping, romantic journey that will leave you breathless and a little unsure of where in time you've landed."
Four scientists receive a grant to study memory in the hope of finding a cure for Alzheimer's and make the discovery of a lifetime—or lifetimes. Read full book review >
The Quarry at the Crossroads by Kim Ekemar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2015

"Once again, Ekemar's well-drawn, realistic characters and wild, suspenseful plot render this an absolute must-read for series fans."
In the third book of Ekemar's (Where the Bones of a Buried Rat Lie, 2014, etc.) planned tetralogy, Matthias Callaghan finds that loose threads in his web of lies threaten to unravel his subterfuge. Read full book review >
SOMETHING LIKE THIS by Eileen Cruz Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2015

"A compassionate coming-of-age novel about the down but not out."
Coleman (Sweetwater American, 2014) tells the story of Jadie Santiago, a young woman starting her career, entering into a new love affair, and hindered by a tragic childhood. Read full book review >
A CHEESE OF SOME IMPORTANCE by Mark R. Giesser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2015

"Combining witty if occasionally silly wordplay, dark adult themes, and surprisingly sharp dialogue, Giesser creates a modern-day comic novel about a series of 19th-century misadventures."
In 1815, a 1,250-pound wheelof cheese goes missing. A patent office clerk and his fiancee must recover it but not before there is a murder, a scandal in a whorehouse, and an unusually thoughtful nighttime interlude with a feline.Read full book review >
THE PARTICULAR APPEAL OF GILLIAN PUGSLEY by Susan Örnbratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2015

"The obsession with, and constant reminder of, all that Gillian is withholding muddies what might otherwise be a charming and evocative love story."
A brief young love and its impact nearly 60 years later are at the core of Örnbratt's debut. Read full book review >
REMEMBERERS by C. Edward Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2015

"A leisurely opening is mere preparation for the fierce struggle to follow—and it's more than worth the wait."
A college student's visions may be effective in a battle against demons in Baldwin's (Fathers House, 2013) supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >