Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

BRINGING OUT THE DEAD by Joe Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"Don't expect a strong sense of plot or direction from this zany, painfully sensitive debut—just think of it as a nightmare to endure along with Frank until you're released by the last page. (First printing of 50,000)"
Connelly's first novel presents two hellish, interminable, and presumably normal days and nights in the life of an EMS paramedic. Read full book review >
PRIDE by Lorene Cary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"An adequately entertaining if convoluted story, with swift and lively dialogue throughout. (Literary Guild selection)"
A deftly written, if less-than-groundbreaking, second novel from Cary (The Price of a Child, 1995; a memoir, Black Ice, 1991) likely to appeal to Terry McMillan fans everywhere. Read full book review >

SINGING IN THE COMEBACK CHOIR by Bebe Moore Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"Rich and fluid storytelling, peopled with believably illuminating characters. (First serial to Essence; Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; author tour)"
Campbell (Brothers and Sisters, 1994, etc.) continues her thoughtful exploration of contemporary black life, this time featuring a female TV producer torn between her upwardly mobile L.A. existence and the crumbling Philadelphia neighborhood where she grew up. Read full book review >
CUBA LIBRE by Elmore Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1998

"Top entertainment from the pro's pro (Out of Sight, 1996, etc.): a million greedy schemes with time-outs for war and sex."
Leonard goes back to his mots, and modern America's, in this rollicking Cuban western/suspenser, to be published on the 100th anniverary of the U.S.S. Maine's explosion. Read full book review >
THE LAST VALENTINE by James Michael Pratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1998

"Sincere, heartfelt, and a natural for television. (TV rights to Vonzernick-Sertner Films; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Love, as tested by war and time, is affectingly celebrated in this artless and affirming first novel that, previously self- published, appears now in a trade edition. Read full book review >

AN UNDERACHIEVER'S DIARY by Benjamin Anastas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 1998

"This is, however, on balance a first novel in need of a plot."
A wearyingly discursive if often very funny fictional autobiography in the form of a diary kept by the less accomplished of a proud progressive couple's deeply divergent twin sons. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE by Robert O. Greer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1998

"Less ambitious and more fast-moving and streamlined than CJ's first two cases, though there are still enough interesting suspects in Hambone's killing for an entire page of the Denver phone book."
Anybody who knew retired black rodeo-rider Cletus (Hambone) Dolbey's fear of water can tell he must have been onto an awfully big payoff to be outfitting himself in a wet suit preparatory to getting himself beaten to death with a branding iron. Read full book review >
TEMPEST RISING by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 1998

"McKinney-Whetstone's material this time, though, is not nearly as strong as her voice. (Author Tour)"
McKinney-Whetstone (Tumbling, 1996) scores big on mood and language, less on plot and character. Read full book review >
DON CARLOS by Thorvald Steen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 1998

"One hopes its sequel will arrive here soon."
justify yes* Don Carlos ($21.95; paper $12.95; Feb. 4, 1998; 1-55713-357-3; paper 1-55713-356-5): The eponymous ``Don Carlos'' is the young Charles Darwin, who is observed with a mixture of respect and bafflement by an Italian immigrant to Argentina, in this first of two sequential novels (its companion, Giovanni, is forthcoming) by an acclaimed Norwegian writer. Read full book review >
AARON, APPROXIMATELY by Zachary Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"A connect-the-dots first novel with a studied, self-conscious, sporadically vivid style."
A coming-of-age story that features a hero as ambivalent as the book's title—and the reader's response is likely to be just about equally so-so. Read full book review >
JUDGING TIME by Leslie Glass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"Next time she might actually be able to do some detective work of her own."
April Woo has made Sergeant and been transferred to Manhattan's Midtown North, but the more her caseload changes, the more it stays the same. Read full book review >
BLACK AND BLUE by Anna Quindlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"A book to read and savor. (Author tour)"
Pulitzerwinning columnist and novelist Quindlen (One True Thing, 1994, etc.) now takes a talk-show staplespousal abuseand gives it a compelling immediacy in a refreshingly wise and truth- telling novel about life and marriage. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >