Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1750)

TALES OF YESTERYEAR by Louis Auchincloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"His publishers should silence skeptics with a fat collection spanning his 40-plus years of story-writing."
Well into his 70s, with 50 or so books to his credit, Auchincloss (Three Lives, False Gods, etc. etc.) shows no signs of slowing down. Read full book review >
MATRON OF HONOR by Sallie Bingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Bingham's satire is softer, neater here, and you care for her people—with all their several moral glitches."
In Bingham's last two, women were dog-tired and dog-tied within the fiefdoms of stultifying men (a lethally jovial politico in Small Victories; a nice rejecting husband and a not-so-nice rejecting lover in Upstate, p. 387). Read full book review >

TEN TALES TALL AND TRUE by Alasdair Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"A remarkably unpretentious mix of wit and wisdom infused with a palpable delight in telling stories that will never turn stale."
In this collection of (in fact) more than ten stories noted Scottish writer Alasdair Gray (Poor Things, 1993) again displays both his artistic talents—the illustrations are his own—and his sometimes quirky, but always original storytelling gifts. Read full book review >
LIFE AFTER GOD by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Heavy silences and minimalist diction: Samuel Beckett made easy for the Beavis and Butt-head generation."
Professional pulse-taker Coupland (Generation X, Shampoo Planet) here presumes to speak for and to a generation raised without religion. Read full book review >
PROPHECY by Peter James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"But smart writing keeps it gripping all the way."
``Fear pressed to her skin like brass against tracing paper, rubbing dark lines across her face....An ambulance flashed across, ahead, its siren a swirling banshee that beat her stomach like an egg whisk.'' Nicely done! Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Timely and instructive."
An often impressive collection of 25 stories, most appearing in English for the first time, that showcases a broad spectrum of contemporary African writing in countries as disparate as Zambia and Tunisia. Read full book review >
A NATION OF AMOR by Christopher McConnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"The mix rarely melds into a satisfying narrative: too disjointed for traditional readers, while shallow characterizations and stereotypes will disappoint the more literary-minded."
Social melodrama set in Chicago's Puerto Rican neighborhood, where the Latin Kings street gang, real-estate developers, and ambitious politicians battle for turf and where an alternative school may provide a chance: an ambitious but flawed debut. Read full book review >
SHADOWS ON THE SHORE by Jessica Stirling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

A sequel to the author's Lantern for the Barn (1992), that lowering, robustly peopled novel about an infanticide trial in 1788 Glasgow. Read full book review >
THE LONGINGS OF WOMEN by Marge Piercy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Despite some unnecessary speechifying on the big issues: a gripping and affecting story, dominated by Becky, a real original. (First printing of 75,000)"
From the veteran Piercy (He, She, and It, 1991, etc.): an old- fashioned heartwarmer with a feminist agenda and a leavening of schmaltz that'll get the hankies out for a sentimental cry along the way. Read full book review >
THE HYDE PARK HEADSMAN by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"The same mixture as before—but more, much more of it."
Victorian London is being plagued by a series of axe murders, and it's the job of newly promoted Thomas Pitt, now Police Superintendent, to find the killer. Read full book review >
HAPPENSTANCE by Carol Shields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"They're not the equal of The Stone Diaries; still, the husband and wife, baptized by brief separation, meet, literally, in the middle of the book, and that sensation—of matching the physical object of the book to the story—is worth the price of admission."
Canadian Shields, whose The Stone Diaries (see below), is being released simultaneously with this short pair of midlife- crisis novels, has become prolific and good enough to earn comparison with Margaret Atwood. Read full book review >
RIVER GOD by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Brightly colored, sweeping escapism. (First printing of 150,000)"
Smith's 23rd doorstopper—nearly all of them about South Africa (Elephant Song, Golden Fox, etc.)—gallops swiftly through the action and flying blood his fans have come to relish, though for the first time Smith sets his story in Egypt 2,000 years before Christ. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >