Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

THE CATTLE CAR by Georges Hyvernaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"But the book isn't at all hermetic: It is further enlivened by vividly drawn characters and a commonsensical appreciation of the mundane satisfactions of simply making do and getting by."
The Cattle Car ($49.95; paper $15.95; June 1997; 154 pp.; 0-8101-6030-7; paper 0-8101-6031-5): Another view of WW II and its aftermath, in the first English translation of a novel (originally published in 1953 in France) by a critic and teacher who therein turned his own experiences and his reflections on them into a seductive metafiction. Read full book review >
WICKED WOMEN by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Though the stories date from as far back as 1972, and in one or two cases their age shows, there are far more hits than misses in this unsentimental education in the war between the sexes."
The antagonists who populate these 20 stories are indeed very wicked (no surprise to readers of Weldon's 21 novels, including Worst Fears, 1996), but they're not always women. Read full book review >

END OF THE DRIVE by Louis L’Amour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Awesome immediacy, biting as creosote slapped on a fencepost."
The late, great, vastly prolific L'Amour (Jubal Sackett, 1985, etc.) rides again, with a recently discovered never-before-seen novella and sheaf of stories. Read full book review >
A MAN UNDER AUTHORITY by Reid Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Though it's not a fully realized work of fiction, this is a thoughtful, lucidly written character study and moral drama that augurs well for its author's new career as a novelist."
This capably understated portrayal of a veteran soldier's singular postwar adventure is the first novel from a respected military historian (The Vacant Chair, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LIFEGUARD by Mary Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"But there are also exquisitely revealing moments, and clearly Morris hasn't lost her touch as a story writer. (Author tour)"
Morris's third collection (Vanishing Animals, 1975; The Bus of Dreams, 1985) shows some of the flair for yarnspinning missed in her last novel, House Arrest (1996), but repetition lessens the overall impact of the ten tales here (nine previously published). Read full book review >

LITTLE MASTERS by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Rich with shading and detail, but too loosely organized for its own good: a crowded canvas that badly wants some focal point."
A meandering account of life among disaffected expatriates that ultimately overstays its visa: a second novel from New Zealander Wilkins (The Miserables, 1993) All the usual confusions that plague young people are prominent among Wilkins's brood, none of whom seems much more adult than the children who have somehow fallen into their care. Read full book review >
THE VOYEUR by Michael Moriarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Genial plugs for Ralph Lauren, Kurt Masur, and the Big Apple—as well as that not-another-Simpson headnote—substitute for any hint of mystery or suspense."
If it weren't for the prefatory disclaimer, you'd swear actor Moriarty's debut novel was an outcropping of the O.J. Simpson case instead of its prophetic hint. Read full book review >
THE WAY OF THE TRAITOR by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"But tension rides high as Rowland (Bundori, 1996, etc.) takes every clichÇ of the One Just Man genre—the civic conspiracy, the prostitute in love, the impossible deadline, the massacre of innocents, the man on the run—and refracts them all through the code of Bushido."
Packed off to a routine inspection of remote Nagasaki by a jealous chamberlain bent on curtailing his access to his lord, samurai detective Sano Ichir is hardly off the boat when trouble strikes. Read full book review >
AFFAIR by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Skillful, lively storytelling, with a heroine who'd be compelling in any era."
COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"A promising but overlong, uneven debut. (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
A grim story about a tough, resourceful Southern family in the Civil War is somewhat submerged by the weight of lyrical detail piled on the tale, and by the slow pace of the telling. Read full book review >
WEDDING PICTURES by Jacqueline Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Osborn's New Yorker-ish style will guarantee that this book shows up at bridal showers this wedding season, if only to console more conventional brides."
Thirty or so short dialogues, each with a full-page color painting to illustrate, make up this short story (billed as a ``novel'') about the wedding between two yuppies, from their offbeat proposal to the last minutes of the trendy reception. Read full book review >
LADY OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Bradley also includes helpful lists of people and places and a map. (First printing of 150,000; $150,000 ad/promo)"
This smoky mix of magic, legend, people both mythic and real, and the ancient savageries of war supplies a chronological link between Bradley's The Forest House (1994), set in first-century Britain, and her Arthurian saga, The Mists of Avalon (1983). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >