Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

A CUP OF TEA by Amy Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Ephron should stick to what she knows."
Screenwriter/novelist Ephron (Biodegradable Soap, 1991, etc., and the film A Little Princess) claims that this tragic romance, set in WW-I New York, is inspired by a Katherine Mansfield story, but her sketchy characters, unconvincing historical detail, and hopelessly wooden prose hardly benefit by the comparison. Read full book review >
I'LL BE HOME LATE TONIGHT by Susan Thames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A tale of degradation and desperation, for those who like their coming-of-age stories extra noir."
Mother and daughter flee home with too little money and no plans in this depressing and catharsis-free first novel—set in the '50s—by the author of the story collection As Much As I Know (1992). Read full book review >

THE MERCY SEAT by Rilla Askew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A magnificent debut novel. (Author tour)"
Oklahoma native Askew follows the spare, haunting stories of her debut collection, Strange Business (1992), with a wrenching Cain-and-Abel first novel set in a vividly realized 19th-century American West. Read full book review >
ENEMY OF GOD by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Rousing, persuasive entertainment."
The second volume in the prolific Cornwell's robust Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, 1996), an ambitious embroidering of the saga of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Read full book review >
HEAVEN IN HIGH GEAR by Joan Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Smarmalade."
It's no great compliment to call Brady's sequel a two-character knockoff of The Bridges of Madison County, as was said here of her debut, God on a Harley (1995). Read full book review >

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES by Charles R. Larson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A necessary volume for anyone seeking an introduction to modern African literature."
An overview of contemporary writing from Africa, drawing together 27 stories produced over the past three decades. Read full book review >
SKELETON CANYON by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Most of the sitcom-shaped intrigues are so lightweight that the homicidal complications seem to have been airlifted in from Jance's tougher, stronger J.P. Beaumont series (Name Withheld, etc.)."
A year after they played Romeo and Juliet at summer camp, recent Bisbee High grads Brianna O'Brien and Ignacio Ybarra are at it again, this time for real. Read full book review >
STATE OF MIND by John Katzenbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Less gory than one might expect, and less psychologically compelling than the narrative would want us to believe: Katzenbach is not likely to keep anyone guessing too long, but the action is fast-paced and most of the story's loose ends are smartly tied. (Author tour)"
Jeffrey Clayton, a criminology professor and noted expert on serial killers, is handed an unusual assignment: tracking down a mass murderer who just might be his long-presumed-dead father. Read full book review >
TALES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"But even without it this attractive volume offers a fine chance to sample Lovecraft's ghoulish pleasures."
A collection of ten prototypical stories by Lovecraft (1890-1937), the influential myth-and monster-maker of Providence, Rhode Island, whose extravagantly gothic tales have spawned and inspired such latterday disciples as Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell. Read full book review >
THE ECSTATIC MOMENT by Marianna Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A useful (and occasionally stirring) overview of a burgeoning field."
The contemporary upsurge of interest in erotica got a boost from Libido magazine, which, since 1988, has published an extraordinary range of erotic fiction. Read full book review >
IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE by E. Lynn Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"What starts off as an amiable enough soap opera quickly becomes mired in byzantine subplots and friends-stick-by-each-other clichÇs. (Author tour)"
A journal-writing group helps four black college friends see each other through major and minor crises, in Harris's fourth outing (And This Too Shall Pass, 1996, etc.) Read full book review >
DREAMS OF MY SIBERIAN SUMMERS by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A superb exploration of the sustaining power of memory, and one of the most distinctive novels of the season."
A mesmerizing celebration of the influence of memory and longing in shaping our imaginations and lives, by a Russian novelist of substantial power and originality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >