Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

THE SHIPPING NEWS by E. Annie Proulx
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1993

"Proulx does okay by Newfoundland (though she won't help tourism any), but Quoyle, the poor turkey, is a fatal self- inflicted wound."
Life was hard for Proulx's people in Heart Songs (1988) and Postcards (1991), and it's no easier for them in this dreary second novel, as they battle the elements (and their private demons) in Newfoundland. Read full book review >
WHAT REMAINS by Christa Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

Ten years' worth of stories by (formerly East) German writer Wolf (Accident, 1989; No Place on Earth, 1982; etc.), with the title novella being of most interest: a woman writer is being followed closely by secret police, with her own internal censor in full gear as well. Read full book review >

CUT TO THE QUICK by Kate Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Whodunit is only the climactic revelation in a tale that crackles with contemporary tension."
Cambridgeshire, 1824. Read full book review >
VAN GOGH'S ROOM AT ARLES by Stanley Elkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"All vehicles for Elkin's infectious delight in language, his ability to find a fresh way of looking at everything—from a take-out pizza to a Van Gogh painting—and his sense that life is more often than not a tragic joke."
From Elkin (The MacGuffin, Pieces of Soap, etc.), three novellas that limn with controlled passion and wry humor the anguish of disjointedness—of not quite catching "the beautiful ruin of the world and the other moving parts of vision." Read full book review >
TIM AND PETE by James Robert Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, despite the excesses and overall shapelessness: some antic instances and vivid nostalgia for pre-AIDS gay life, combined with a pungent depiction of rabid heterophobia."
Baker (Fuel-Injected Dreams, 1986; Boy Wonder, 1988) brings together two gay ex-lovers for a 24-hour swing through the streets and byways of L.A. Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, and violence: the guided tour is sometimes smartly satirical, sometimes padded with endless pages of dialogue, mind-numbing instances, and predictable types, though a Charlie Manson riff livens up the finish. Read full book review >

POET AND DANCER by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

The latest from novelist and screenwriter Jhabvala (Three Continents, 1987, etc.): a quiet horror-tale of a relationship in which innocence willingly pays the price evil demands. Read full book review >
MOTHER ROCKET by Rita Ciresi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Sharp-eyed, gently humorous fiction whose characters linger in the mind."
Seven tales—most first published in the California Quarterly, Colorado Review, etc., and winners together of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction—explore a startling variety of unlikely romantic liaisons in various states of disrepair. Read full book review >
CIRCUMSTANCES UNKNOWN by Jonellen Heckler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"The characters, including the homicidal lunatic, are not completely believable, but the sleuthing and suspense are sharp and fast."
A suspense thriller, something of a departure for Heckler, who hitherto has dealt with overheated family embroilments—mothering and love trials of a Vietnam war-wife in Safekeeping (1983); alcoholism in A Fragile Peace (1986); and spatting siblings in White Lies (1989). Read full book review >
THE STOLEN GODS by Jake Page
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Veteran author Page (Demon State, etc., etc.) writes with a slyly lazy charm that keeps the Hopi lore under control in this laid-back sabbatical for Tony Hillerman fans."
Introducing blind Santa Fe sculptor Mo Bowdre, who has to compete with a bevy of other detectives to track down the Hopi kachinas stolen from the Meyers gallery the night unscrupulous owner Walter Meyers was killed. Read full book review >
SKIN by Kathe Koja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Beyond the styptic pencil and safety blades."
IMAGINARY MEN by Enid Shomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Good-natured is something all these stories are—as well as remarkably versatile, seamlessly constructed, and revealing of our common life."
Eleven elegant stories proving (among other things) that American families are more varied—and more brightly fertile and warmly eccentric—than most liberal or conservative definitions dream of; winner of Iowa's annual John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Read full book review >
TOKYO SKETCHES by Pete Hamill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Stylish rice-paper jottings, smeared by tears."
Thirteen stories by veteran Gothamite Hamill (Loving Women, 1989, etc.) about clashes between Japanese and American culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >