Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1750)

THE BLUE AND DISTANT HILLS by Judith Saxton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 1994

From the author of First Love, Last Love (1993) and a number of other romances comes this oddly lackluster story of a young orphan set in the English countryside during the post-WW II period. Read full book review >
BLUE RODEO by Jo-Ann Mapson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1994

"This follow-up is likely to lull them to sleep with its easygoing, unsurprising, country-western charm. (Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Mapson's second novel set in the contemporary West is as lyrical and romantic as her first (Hank & Chloe, 1993), but its stock California-yuppie characters fail to inspire much interest and the predictability of the love story disappoints. Read full book review >

TRANS-ATLANTYK by Witold Gombrowicz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1994

"One can't help wishing they'd thought twice about translating the book at all."
Born in 1904, Gombrowicz was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1968, a year before his death. Read full book review >
STIR-FRY by Emma Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1994

"Donoghue deftly separates her novel from the usual coming-of- age fare with gentle language and a winningly intelligent protagonist. (Author tour for Gay Pride Month in June)"
In her sweet first novel, Donoghue (Passions Between Women: British Lesbian Culture, 1668-1801, not reviewed) writes clearly but never plainly about Maria, a young woman from the country who comes to Dublin to begin college. Read full book review >
THE PRINCE OF WEST END AVENUE by Alan Isler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1994

"A delicious, evocative, gentle debut, written in prose to be savored and cherished."
Memories of past sorrow and misspent passion come unbidden to an elderly Holocaust survivor in this elegant novel, when a woman bearing a resemblance to an old love joins the staff at a retirement home located on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Read full book review >

THE EYE IN THE DOOR by Pat Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1994

"Together they form a remarkable achievement."
Barker's Regeneration (1992) was a fine novelistic reconstruction of the psychiatric mission to heal British officers damaged by World War I horrors; this equally impressive companion volume investigates personal and societal breakdown in the war's final stages. Read full book review >
THE SILENT WOMAN by Edward Marston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1994

"Less would surely be more in this overstuffed outing, still fascinating but outclassed by the author's best. (Author tour)"
Lord Westfield's Men, an Elizabethan-era theater company, has had its share of troubles in The Nine Giants (1991) and other titles, but none more severe than it faces here. Read full book review >
WHAT THEY DID TO PRINCESS PARAGON by Robert Rodi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1994

"A competent and often funny storyteller in need of fresh material."
Rodi (Closet Case, 1993), the '90s answer to Armistead Maupin and his Tales of the City, provides more frothy entertainment, but his formula is wearing thin. Read full book review >
A SAILOR'S VALENTINE by Craig Moodie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1994

"The author relies too often on technical jargon, however, as if to lend his work a loftiness that it otherwise lacks."
A debut collection of stories about the sea, A Sailor's Valentine is a mix of contemporary romantic tales and ocean adventures that are alternately moving, mysterious, melodramatic, and mawkish. Read full book review >
THE TRICK IS TO KEEP BREATHING by Janice Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1994

"A woman with more problems than you, dreadfully well done."
A superbly rendered first-person narrative about a depressed woman who may or may not be getting better, this novel was first published in Scotland and shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award. Read full book review >
SWIMMING IN THE STARRY RIVER by P. Carey Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 1994

"The story is affecting and intriguing, and its issues universal, but it lacks a strong build-up and convincing, individualized characters with identities beyond their obvious predicaments."
This ambitious first-person debut about a father coping with his young daughter and her incurable disease probes the nexus of parental responsibility, love, and personal identity. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE AEGEAN by Elia Kazan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1994

"Yet the faltering storyline and Stavros's loss of authority result in a work that, despite powerful set pieces, generates more heat than light."
Think of it as ``War and Commerce.'' In this sprawling third installment in film director Kazan's story of Stavros Topouzoglou, following America America (1962) and The Anatolian (1982), rug merchant Stavros finds business opportunities in the 1919 Greek invasion of Anatolia and war with Turkey. 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 >