Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

THE SMALLEST COLOR by Bill Roorbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2001

"Well-drawn characters and a topical theme make this a lively read."
Roorbach (Summers with Juliet, 1992, etc.) effectively juggles a number of themes in a slyly composed whodunit that's also a paean to burying the bones of the past. Read full book review >
THE DEMON OF LONGING by Gail Gilliland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2001

"Many facets of life and love, each polished until it sparkles, in a gem of a collection that pulses with humanity and warmth."
Fourteen down-to-earth tales (all but one previously published), full of insight into how plain folks, families, and friends encounter disappointment and upheaval—and occasionally profound loss. A compassionate, rewarding first collection. Read full book review >

DESTINATION KNOWN by Brett Ellen Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2001

"With much of the gloom but a shade less doom than the hard-bitten noir fiction these stories resemble, the moodiness, and pervasive sense of a generation at odds with its future, make Block a writer worth watching."
Winner of this year's Drue Heinz Prize for short fiction, Block's strong debut collection of a dozen stories offers a world on wheels, full of random encounters and uncertain outcomes, all filtered through working-class sensibilities. Read full book review >
THE KISS by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2001

"The latest in a long, long line."
Another morbid melodrama from Steel (Journey, 2000, etc.), this one featuring a lonely wife who finds love in the arms of another man. Read full book review >
WATCHERS OF TIME by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2001

"Todd fans (Legacy of the Dead, 2000, etc.) will queue up for this one."
Two weeks after the fete at St. Read full book review >

SARAH’S WIDOW by Janice Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2001

"Well enough executed, but a victim of emotional excess."
An overloaded love story, set mostly in ranch country, flirts with big issues—parental bonding, mathematical intelligence, and destiny—as a young woman falls in love with a married man. Read full book review >
ANGELS PROSTATE FALL by Marshall Terry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2001

"Terry (My Father's Hands, 1992, etc.) scores gently with a sweet parable that almost sneaks by as simple realism."
Forget Scrooge: here's a man whose brush with mortality becomes the vehicle for a short, sweet tour through his life's dramas and his own ordinariness—only for him to find he was a sweet guy all along. Read full book review >
PORTRAIT IN SEPIA by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2001

"Though her narrative spans nearly 50 years of Chilean and American history, it's Allende's remarkable flair for character that makes it all come alive."
Complex, intriguing, ambitious, and uneven sequel to Oprah selection Daughter of Fortune (1999), continuing the story of Eliza Sommers, as told by her granddaughter, Aurora del Valle. Read full book review >
THE DRINK AND DREAM TEAHOUSE by Justin Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2001

"Hill displays an intimate, artfully nuanced knowledge of Chinese customs, bureaucracy, and character in one of those novels that seems, like its people, to have found its own rare way."
Hill, an English teacher in China (A Bend in the Yellow River, not reviewed), spins a marvelously credible and affecting tale about a colony of human barnacles shipwrecked through decades of turbulent Chinese history and determined to weather the onslaught of modern capitalist changes. Read full book review >
HALF A LIFE by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2001

"Hermetic, self-absorbed, and not at all above peevishness—and consistently fascinating by virtue of its potent rhetorical and logical starkness. The work of a master who has rarely, if ever, written better."
Naipaul's first novel in six years is another installment in the extended fictional autobiography begun with The Enigma of Arrival (1993) and A Way in the World (1994). Read full book review >
LAST YEAR’S RIVER by Allen Morris Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2001

"Slow and pretentious if occasionally affecting."
The former editor of Big Sky Journal, not surprisingly, trudges in the sensitive/macho tradition of Jim Harrison and Cormac McCarthy in his first novel, a love story set in Wyoming during the 1920s. Read full book review >
THE COLD BLUE BLOOD by David Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2001

"Here's hoping that Handler, creator of the Stewart Hoag series (The Man Who Loved Women to Death, 1997, etc.), explores this question in more first-rate puzzlers."
She's a lean, mean Vietnam vet who carries her Sig Sauer and her tough-girl attitude to work every day at the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Squad. 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 >