Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

THE SONG OF TROY by Colleen McCullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Surprisingly rich and witty: a nice reprise—or a good introduction, as the case may be."
Forgotten your Homer? Read full book review >
THE NUDGER DILEMMAS by John Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"The variety of opening gambits is complemented by Lutz's trademark prose, flat and fluid as a slithering snake."
Alo Nudger, the St. Read full book review >

MCAUSLAN ENTIRE by George MacDonald Fraser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"A delightful visit from an old friend."
An omnibus volume from the incomparable Fraser (Black Ajax, 1998, etc.), bringing together three of his short-story collections—The General Danced at Dawn (1972), McAuslan in the Rough (1974), and The Sheikh and the Dustbin—in their first joint US publication. Read full book review >
RETRIBUTION by John Fulton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Undistinguished work, for the most part. But 'Retribution' and 'Liars' offer hopeful glimpses of the heights Fulton may be capable of scaling."
A mixed-bag debut collection of ten stories and a novella, mostly concerned with midlife and identity crises, divorce, alcoholism, parental neglect, and adolescent forbearance and rebellion in fragmented Middle American households. Read full book review >
SUMMERLAND by Malcolm Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"A debut made up much less of observed and felt life than of absorbed fiction. Let's see what Knox does when he writes his own book."
The world of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is re-created with a puzzling mixture of stylistic grace and slavish imitation, in a confident first novel by a young Australian writer. Read full book review >

KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM SPY by Mabel Maney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

Faced with a dastardly 1962 plot to unseat Queen Elizabeth and return the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson to power, Her Majesty's Secret Service calls on bookseller Jane Bond, lesbian twin sister of the temporarily indisposed 007, to join the Double-D ranks and save England As We Know It. Read full book review >
SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Cathy Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Commonplace story, but bestselling UK novelist Kelly has a wonderful flair for characterization and a gentle sense of humor: an appealing debut on this side of the Atlantic."
Three women plus assorted lovers, husbands, and children. Read full book review >
ELVIS IN THE MORNING by William F. Buckley Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Too strange for fans of Buckley's Blackford Oakes series (A Very Private Plot, 1994, etc.) and not Elvis-centered enough to please his vast fandom, but it'd be a shame if a story this unpredictable and fun fell through the cracks."
The fresh and amusing, if somewhat unfocused, story of an idealistic young man's lifelong friendship with the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Read full book review >
THE SALT LETTERS by Christine Balint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"An elegant, evocative debut, by a 26-year-old Australian storywriter."
It's 1854, and a fragile 16-year-old girl is forced to leave England for Australia—an arduous voyage she is unlikely to survive. Read full book review >
ON THE WATER by H.M. van den Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Readers may be reminded of Alan Sillitoe's 'The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner,' perhaps also of John Knowles's A Separate Peace. Still, On the Water is a work of real originality, and a fine introduction to a splendid new novelist."
The metaphor of rowing gathers a rich nexus of meanings in this terse, haunting novel, the first from yet another accomplished writer from the Netherlands. Read full book review >
CAMEO LAKE by Susan Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Predictable soap, laden with psychobabble and silly clichés about relationships."
Neglected wife finds new love, in a glum tale by the author of Hawke's Cove (2000), etc. Read full book review >
COCKTAILS FOR THREE by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Succeeds when it's silly, fails when it attempts dramatic weight."
Deliciously funny, if uneven sixth novel by Wickham (The Gatecrasher, 2000, etc.) follows three young British career women, just girlfriends at heart, as they bond, break-up, and come happily together again through tumultuous life changes. 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 >