Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

SACRED CLOWNS by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

Navajo Detective Jim Chee, working now for Lt. Read full book review >
A BIG STORM KNOCKED IT OVER by Laurie Colwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Still, Colwin's many fans will savor the willfulness, wisdom, and the sharp-eyed noticings here."
Colwin's recent death, at a grievously young age, removed one of the fresher, sunnier, funnier, smarter novelists from the scene; this posthumous and fifth novel, though hardly her best, makes you remember that painfully. Read full book review >

HOME MOVIES by Paula Martinac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Still, a mildly engaging and affecting story of gay life."
A fictional Manhattan lesbian author moves beyond personal insecurity and grief to reach out for happiness, in an interesting but uneven second novel by Martinac (Out of Time, 1990), winner of the 1990 Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction. Read full book review >
TIBERIUS by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"More a sententious plod."
Another fictionalized biography from British veteran Massie of an ancient great (Let the Emperor Speak, 1987, etc.)—though, here, the Roman emperor Tiberius sounds more like a US president complaining about Congress than an imperial swashbuckler. Read full book review >
SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Susanna Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Moore locates it permanently for us- -just midway between fever dream and fairy tale. (First printing of 35,000)"
Once upon a time, a young girl, fleeing her wicked stepmother, runs away to live with her mysterious aunt and her blind grandmother and grows up to marry a handsome movie star. Read full book review >

RUFFIANS by Tim Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1993

"Dime-novel characters, gloppy dialogue, and sex-by-the-numbers make for a drab outing—zero yards gained, zero points scored."
Pro player Green, an Atlanta Falcons defensive stalwart, fades back to take a pass at writing a football novel and is sacked. Read full book review >
THE PALACE OF DREAMS by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1993

"Brooding, mysterious in its dreamlike states and logic: a memorable portrait of a man powerless before the caprices of Fate and its handmaiden, the State."
Albania-born, Paris-based Kadarâ (Broken April, 1990, etc.) returns with a nightmarish tale from the dark side of totalitarianism (a book first published in 1981 in Albania and ``immediately banned''): a young man finds employment in a mammoth state-run institution for dream analysis, only to see the job become his life as he rises through the ranks. Read full book review >
DEAD ON YOUR FEET by Grant Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Much here for gay balletomanes, but others may have less interest in Stan's romantic soul-searching, his bumbling detective work, and his clientele back at Snips."
A third appearance for Boston hairdresser/amateur sleuth Stan Kraychik (Love You to Death, 1992, etc.), who's all a-dither at committing to a relationship with Nureyev-like choreographer Rafik Panossian, now working on a new ballet for controversial director Max Harkey. Read full book review >
THRESHOLD OF FIRE by Hella Haasse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Rich in psychological and historical detail, with both the characters and ancient Rome vibrantly alive: a subtle, quiet tale eloquently told."
The cusps of the past are further explored in another of the prolific Haasse's historical sagas (In a Dark Wood Wandering, 1989; The Scarlet City, 1990)—a 1964 novel newly translated from the Dutch in which the clash of religions and codes of honor comes vividly to the fore in Christianized fifth-century Rome. Read full book review >
NOCTURNE by Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"A vivid, at times stunning depiction of Umbrian village life past and present—and a first-rate portrayal of the heart's yearning and the vitality of love."
In a seventh novel—as exquisitely styled as her previous efforts (Joanna, 1991, etc.)—Umbria-based St. Read full book review >
CRIMINAL SEDUCTION by Darian North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1993

"Painstaking but uniquely uninvolving courtroom scenes, a wildly improbable hero and heroine, and a climactic series of revelations that will surprise only pre-law sophomores."
Debut fiction about a hayseed true-crime writer who's in upstate New York to cover a sensational murder trial. Read full book review >
MAESTRO by John E. Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

Peerless conductor Louis Passau, accused on the eve of his 90th birthday of having been a Nazi spy, is to be debriefed by a covey of British and American agents—until two breathless attempts on his life leave him in the maverick hands of Big Herbie Kruger (the paperback The Quiet Dogs, etc.), pulled out from retirement to serve as his father confessor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >