Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1750)

KWAKU by Roy Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"There's no longer any doubt that Heath is one of the world's best writers."
A first American edition of the 1982 novel (winner of England's Guardian Prize) that introduced the appealing antihero of Heath's recent The Ministry of Hope (1997). Read full book review >
BAYAMUS and CARDINAL PôLéTöO by Stefan Themerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Both stories are dense, demanding, hilarious, and richly enjoyable."
Bayamus and Cardinal PîlÑtÅo ($15.95 paperback original; Apr. 1, 1997; 240 pp.; 1-878972-21-9): Two cryptic and amusing novellas from a late (191088) Polish master of the avant-garde. ``Bayamus'' is a language-drunk romp that wryly explores the transformative effect on reality produced by the practice of ``semantic poetry'' (``ways of making familiar words look as if they were not familiar'') and features such arresting characters as silent-filmmaker Karl Mayer; a Chinese giant; and a ``Homo Triped,'' who is born a boy and becomes a girl. ``The Life of Cardinal PîlÑtÅo'' deliciously revises Plato in a lively fantasy about a truculent cleric determined to rid the world of poets, and hence of heresy. Read full book review >

BLESSED IS THE FRUIT by Robert Antoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Caribbean gothic with literary pretensions."
In Caribbean writer Antoni's second novel (after Divina Trace, 1992), drenched to soddenness with lush language and symbolism, two women—one black, one white—tell their melodramatic life stories to an unborn child. Read full book review >
THE BLACK FLOWER by Howard Bahr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"A bleakly effective and economical account of men and women caught up in a bestial conflict. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection)"
Bahr makes an impressive debut with a haunting tale of a brief but bloody encounter on the road to Nashville, which helped put paid to the Confederate cause in the latter stages of America's Civil War. Read full book review >
BLOOD PACT by Mario Benedetti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

Blood Pact ($14.00 paperback original; Apr. 1997; 216 pp.; 1-880684-39-X): An omnibus collection of 26 stories written over a 40-year period by an accomplished satirist and fantasist who might be called an Uruguayan Kafka (with an added dash of O. Henry). Read full book review >

LAVA by Pamela Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"A probing tale of a woman scorned, Hawaiian-style, with a rich texturing of emotions, but also with historical (Captain Cook) and quasi-mythical (shark men) elements tacked on that are more affected than effective."
Passion, once cooled, undergoes irreversible changes—so runs the theme of Hawaii-born, Florida-based Ball's insightful if somewhat overextended debut. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE PLACE by Peter Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"The vivid vignettes of life in Nevada and Utah notwithstanding, this is a saga with an uncertain focus, some unlikely connections, and a lot, at the end, left unexplained."
A lonely old man with plenty of answers fixates on a lively young woman filled with questions, with the usual tragic results, in this forced debut from Utah-born Rock. Read full book review >
WONDERFUL WOMEN BY THE SEA by Monika Fagerholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Set in the 1960s and dominated by its protagonists' fascination with American political and social upheavals, this debut offers a bleak and funny view of the pains of growing up and the difficulties of adapting to rapidly changing times and ideals."
Wonderful Women By The Sea ($23.00; Apr. 1997; 336 pp.; 1-56584-338-X): This entertaining first novel, which earned its Flemish author ``two major Scandinavian literary prizes,'' describes several summer vacations enjoyed by a pair of women friends and their gradually intermingling and interdependent families. Read full book review >
THE PLAYERS by Stephanie Cowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Burgess did it better."
The most ambitious and least successful of Cowell's fictional re-creations of Elizabethan England (after Nicholas Cooke, 1993, and The Physician of London, 1995). Read full book review >
A THIN DARK LINE by Tami Hoag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Hoag (Guilty as Sin, 1996, etc.) is always a good gritty read, but this time a lack of sustained emotional tension makes the novel a long ride on soft tires."
Hoag finishes her crossover from sexy soft-cover romance to psychosexual thriller with this tale of tough Cajun loners looking for love in unlikely places. Read full book review >
FALL ON YOUR KNEES by Ann-Marie MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"A plate piled dangerously high with calamities, perhaps, but the time, place, and people- -especially the children—all ring clear and true, making for an accomplished, considerably affecting saga."
From award-winning Canadian actress and playwright MacDonald comes a full-bodied, ever-rolling debut, the story of a talented Cape Breton family with more than its share of repression and tragedy. Read full book review >
INGENIOUS PAIN by Andrew Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"The result is a mere accumulation of arresting incidents rather than the taut, haunting story it could well have been."
Miller's debut, an unusual but uneven cautionary tale cloaked in a historical novel, features a cold-blooded English surgeon, literally a freak of nature, who works wonders in the mid-18th century until being spectacularly undone by his pride. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >