Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

A MEMORY OF WAR by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Busch at his best: nobody does it better."
A legacy of suffering, betrayal, and guilt inexorably pursues, and shapes, the protagonist of Busch's powerfully developed 19th novel (The Night Inspector, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
THE STONE VIRGINS by Yvonne Vera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A fine, excruciatingly delineated portrayal of the malevolent effects of war on a people."
The Zimbabwean war against British rule—and the subsequent civil turmoil of the 1980s—are backdrop for the author's latest African tale of maimed, haunted lovers. Read full book review >

A BURNING IN HOMELAND by Richard Yancey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"With shades of Monte-Cristo and Wuthering Heights: a beguiling, old-fashioned tale of desperate love and cruelty."
First-timer Yancey's southern gothic, rich with murder, lust, tragic woman, and violent summer storms, strikes all the right chords. Read full book review >
THE PATIENCE OF RIVERS by Joseph Freda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A somewhat slow-paced but well-crafted and leisurely account of public strifes intersecting with private griefs. Unexpectedly weighty and serious."
Growing up during the Summer of Love: Freda (Suburban Guerrillas, not reviewed) describes a young man's coming of age in upstate New York—a few miles down the road from Woodstock. Read full book review >
LITTLE INFAMIES by Panos Karnezis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Fine and true: Karnezis breathes fresh life into traditional Greek society without mocking or sanitizing it (much like de Bernières's Corelli's Mandolin)."
Nineteen debut stories reflect daily life in a Greek village over many years. Read full book review >

THE WHITE FAMILY by Maggie Gee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Stylistically, though, still on the far side of the pond."
The eighth from Britisher Gee (Christopher and Alexandra, 1992, etc.) confronts race and family but feels like Styrofoam: it takes up lots of space, but most of it's air. Read full book review >
HEAVEN’S EDGE by Romesh Gunesekera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"With great feeling and intensity, this is an odd story nevertheless: a strange mix of New Age politics, magical-realism, and multicultural fabulism."
A strange, lyrical third novel about a young man searching for his father and his lover in a war-torn tropical island, by the London-based Sri Lankan novelist (The Sandglass, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HAZARDS OF GOOD BREEDING by Jessica Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Shattuck has done wonders bringing to luminous life her patriotic diorama."
A loopy, tightly wound WASP family in Concord, Massachusetts, unravels with the introduction of alien elements in a generously portrayed and richly appointed debut. Read full book review >
THE AMOUNT TO CARRY by Carter Scholz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Probably not for anyone on this planet or any other, but a successful cross-genre experiment, and a welcome addition to what stories can do."
A dozen smart tales that travel far and wide to straddle the line between SF and literary—in a first collection from novelist Scholz (Radiance, 2002). Read full book review >
RANCHER FERRETS ON THE RANGE by Richard Bach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Only the moonlight knows."
Fourth in the Ferrets Chronicles, following Writer Ferrets: Chasing the Muse (p. 1154), which headed the ferrets for the bestseller list. Read full book review >
A BED IN HEAVEN by Tessa De Loo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A consummate dramatization of the impenetrable mysteriousness of other people's lives: convincing proof that de Loo is one of Europe's most accomplished novelists."
The ordeal of Hungarian Jewry during WWII, survivor guilt, and the unbridgeable distances between people yearning to connect—these are the major motifs sounded in this brisk, elegiac second US appearance by the Dutch author of The Twins (2000). Read full book review >
MY SHERLOCK HOLMES by Michael Kurland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"No one story is outstanding—but what does that matter in a saga clearly destined to go on forever?"
Hasn't everybody in the Holmes canon, from Irene Adler to Inspector Lestrade, already been heard from? 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 >