Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

THE STOLEN PARTY by Liliana Heker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Unconventional, lyrical prose, marred by few false notes and filled with a sense of protest, by a writer concerned with the role of artists in society."
Throughout the military dictatorship in Argentina from the late 1960s through 1982, Heker, an award-winning short-story writer, remained in the country and continued editing the literary magazine El Ornitorrinco (the Platypus) instead of going into exile. Read full book review >
CHA CHA CHA by Jane Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Fickle suburban camp. (Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Suburban ex-housewife, and admittedly shallow Jewish princess, Alison Waxman Koff turns down-and-out maid, murder suspect, and PI in this desperate-to-please but ultimately suffocating first novel. Read full book review >

THE RETURN OF SIMPLE by Langston Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Quite simply, an indispensable part of our cultural heritage."
A welcome reintroduction to the pioneering African-American writer's most memorable fictional character. Read full book review >
MENDOCINO by Ann Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Still, often arresting, in spite of the bland surroundings."
Packer's debut collection of ten stories previously published in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Prize Stories 1992: The O. Henry Awards, etc., reveals a sharp eye for the myriad ways humans deceive themselves, though her humor can be smothered by her 30- ish, middle-class protagonists' very prosaic lives. Read full book review >
THE GEOGRAPHICAL CURE by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Honest, graceful prose perfectly matches these stories' sense of place and past."
Geography is both cure and curse in Parker's second book (after Hello Down There, 1993), a collection of short fiction set in the modern South. Read full book review >

SHEAR by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Flawed but provocative work from an always interesting writer."
More sunlit suspense with a difference from the British author of Juggling the Stars (1993). Read full book review >
TENDER OFFERINGS by Meredith Rich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Hackneyed but entertaining."
The wild world of high-finance corporate takeovers is the setting for Rich's (Bijoux, 1989, etc.) latest novel, and it is peopled with leggy, slim women and rich, attractive men. Read full book review >
DOWNTOWN by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"But her treatment of serious subjects like race, abortion, and the sexual revolution is troubled by ambiguity, as if she were playing both sides of these volatile issues. (First serial to Cosmopolitan; Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; $325,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Fresh from a fictional European jaunt in last year's Hill Towns, Siddons returns to the American South to depict a sheltered young woman's first taste of independence in the late 1960s. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN OF FIRST MAN by James Alexander Thom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Nonetheless, a well-researched and intriguing, if somewhat idealized, fictional portrait of a legendary lost people. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
Thom's sweeping, ambitious historical novel describes the origins and journey of a lost white Indian tribe. Read full book review >
INTENT TO HARM by Stan Washburn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"A good start with a credible, likeable hero."
First novelist Washburn envisions a kinder, gentler cop in Toby Parkman, a college-educated, liberal, and witty detective for the '90s, here pitted against a rapist. Read full book review >
RAMZA by Out el Kouloub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Unique by virtue of its subject and resourceful treatment, not the author's craft."
Out el Kouloub achieves a modest success by importing some of the feel of an 18th-century British novel into her rendering of harem life in traditional Egypt. Read full book review >
TESLA by Tad Wise
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Adults may want to look for a good biography instead. (First printing of 25,000)"
An absorbing but ultimately unsatisfying fictionalized biography of the true father of radio and inventor of fluorescent lighting, remote control, and robotics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >