Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

SOME KIND OF MIRACLE by Iris Rainer Dart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"Routine fare, from the author of When I Fall In Love (1999) and similar showbiz tear-jerkers."
Songwriter seeks schizophrenic cousin. Object: fame and fortune. Read full book review >
LEARNING TO DRIVE by Mary Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"A finely wrought tale of the sometimes-harmful bonds of family and faith."
In a deceptively quiet but affecting debut, a young mother is suddenly widowed, and, overwhelmed by guilt and fear, learns to live life to the full on an old Vermont farm. Read full book review >

ELIZABETH COSTELLO by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"As argument, literate, impassioned, and disturbing; as fiction, overemphatic and often dull. Perhaps only for Coetzee's most ardent admirers."
Multiple Booker winner Coetzee (Disgrace, 2000, etc.) dramatizes—just barely—a celebrated Australian author's considerations of "the humanities" as embodied in moral action. Read full book review >
STORIES FROM ANOTHER WORLD by Sheila Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"Razor-sharp and as caustic as acid, Kohler's portraits of the vanity of human wishes could strip the paint off a barn."
A dozen stories by South African-born Kohler (Children of Pithiviers, 2001, etc.), set in a variety of locales from Europe to America to South Africa. Read full book review >
A DISTANT SHORE by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2003

"Harsh and sad, but worth the trip."
An unlikely couple seek shelter from the brutal chill of northern English attitudes. Read full book review >

PURPLE HIBISCUS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2003

"Nonetheless, with Kambili the author has created a compelling narrative—and a surprising punch at end. A young African voice welcome to American shores."
Earnest debut about a 15-year-old girl's struggle to blossom under the tyranny of her father's—and country's—strong arm. Read full book review >
THE MOVIES OF MY LIFE by Alberto Fuguet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2003

"An ingenious premise, developed with exemplary warmth and wit: a thoroughly captivating tale."
A clever autobiographical second US appearance from the Chilean-born author (Bad Vibes, 1997). Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED GO by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2003

"Intense, operatic personal tragedy magnified by Sa's sense of history and Eastern culture."
The China-born Sa, who arrived in France in 1990 as a late adolescent and writes in French, presents the first of her three novels to be translated into English. Read full book review >
CUTTING TIME by Robert Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Second-novelist Dunn (Pink Cadillac, 2001) writes with affection for his characters and admiration for their world, but without much insight. Too much of a fan perhaps, he never gets under their skins to the essence of the blues."
Musical wunderkind battles the establishment and personal demons on Chicago's South Side. Read full book review >
HEARTSNATCHER by Boris Vian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"A major rediscovery. Don't miss it."
An impish satire on regimentation—as seen in the delicious particulars of this fetching 1953 novel, previously, unforgivably unavailable in English translation. Read full book review >
NO ANGEL by Penny Vincenzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Overlong and overwrought, though not without a certain veddy British charm."
A first US appearance for British Vincenzi. (Overlook will also be publishing two of her previous novels: Something Dangerous and Into Temptation.) Read full book review >
AN EYE FOR AN EYE by Bandula Chandraratna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"A good follow-up, written with the same clarity, simplicity, and purity of feeling that marks its predecessor."
Chandraratna continues the story begun in Mirage (see below) of a decent but naïve Saudi hospital porter whose life is ruined by his country's religious zealots. 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 >