Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

WAYFARING AT WAVERLY IN SILVER LAKE by James McCourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2002

"Like being regaled by an eccentric Joyce devotee: a reader feels both exhilarated and trapped."
McCourt brings back the eponymous movie star protagonist of Kaye Wayfaring (Avenged, 1984) and her opera diva mother-in-law (Mawdrew Czgowchwz, 1975) in a tour de force of language that will delight some while leaving others frustrated by the submerged characters, plot, and sheer difficulty of the read. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SPLENDOR by Frances Sherwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2002

"Delightful: rich in its characters, vivid in its setting, and genuinely intriguing overall."
A rich historical from Sherwood (Green, 1995; Vindication, 1993) about 17th-century Prague's Rabbi Loew, his Golem, some English alchemists, and an obsessed Habsburg emperor. Read full book review >

SLEEP NO MORE by Greg Iles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2002

"As one absurdist explanation follows another far-fetched plot twist, characters repeatedly tell each other to 'keep an open mind.' Readers so inclined might find a reward scattered here and there."
Wild and wooly-headed thriller in which a settled family man confronts his homicidal first love, who is herself dead and buried. Read full book review >
FRAGRANT HARBOR by John Lanchester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2002

"Extraordinarily knowledgeable, ingeniously woven, and powerfully engrossing: a portrait of nothing less than an entire piece of the world and most of a century."
Lanchester follows Mr. Phillips (2000) with yet another book unlike his others, albeit every bit as absorbing: the brilliant tale of Hong Kong over 75 years seen through the lives of three who lived there. Read full book review >
PETER LOON by Van Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2002

"Reid's one-man campaign to resurrect the 18th- and 19th-century novel is a campaign well worth enlisting in. Don't miss Peter Loon."
Reid departs from his popular Moosepath Chronicles (Daniel Plainway, 2000, etc.) with this first of a new series focusing on "the struggle between proprietors and settlers" in central Maine during the post-Revolutionary War years. Read full book review >

ANDROIDS FROM MILK by Eugen Egner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2002

"Vonnegut in his heyday did it better."
A Candide-like protagonist stuck in time, at the age of 17, who attracts the attentions of ineffably sinister "primate researchers"—that's the thin premise stretched to unwieldy length in this amiable yet labored futurist comic fantasy by a well-known German graphic artist and playwright. Read full book review >
THE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2002

"Works beautifully for so long as Susie simply tells the truth, then falters when the author goes for bigger truths about Love and Life. Still, mostly mesmerizing and deserving of the attention it's sure to receive."
An extraordinary, almost-successful debut that treats sensational material with literary grace, narrated from heaven by the victim of a serial killer and pedophile. Read full book review >
FRONTERA STREET by Tanya Maria Barrientos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2002

"More a vivid portrait of a culture and a place than a gripping narrative."
A strongly detailed if sometimes overwrought first novel about an Anglo woman who crosses boundaries—physical, emotional, cultural—when she moves in with a Mexican family. Read full book review >
SUNSET IN ST. TROPEZ by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2002

"Fatuous to a fault, sure to sell in the millions."
A life-changing vacation on the French Riviera. Read full book review >
WET GRAVE by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2002

"Along with the faithful, readers new to the series will find this installment as bracing as chicory-laced coffee."
When Jean Lafitte gave up pirating and settled down in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, rumors had him burying many of his purloined treasures there. Read full book review >
THE COLOR MIDNIGHT MADE by Andrew Winer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2002

"Well-crafted but directionless and unexceptional, becoming tedious in short order."
An earnest if rather stiff debut describes a boy's recollections of growing up in a mildly troubled San Francisco home. Read full book review >
YOU ARE NOT A STRANGER HERE by Adam Haslett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2002

"Not by any means the book it might—perhaps should—have been. But don't overlook those three terrific stories."
There are some spectacular moments, and also several inexplicable miscalculations in this extremely uneven yet unquestionably promising debut collection of nine stories by Yale Law student Haslett. 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 >