Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

THIRST by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 1998

"A middling mix, with glimmers of real strengths in the offing."
It's not easy to identify author Kalfus in this debut volume, since its mode, manner, and voice change as with the colors of the chameleon. Read full book review >
GIN LANE by James Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 1998

"But Brady fans litter the landscape, and may disagree."
Tedium in excelsis as Advertising Age and Parade columnist Brady extends his line of novels about wealthy Long Islanders begun with Further Lane (1997). Read full book review >

SAPPHO by Nancy Freedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 1998

"A lubricious celebrity bio, fun if not earnest."
From veteran writer Freedman (The Seventh Stone, 1992, etc.), a fictionalized life of the Greek poet, more pulpy than not. Read full book review >
CALIFORNIA SCREAMING by Doug Guinan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1998

"A refreshingly unconventional, high-spirited romp with heart and soul. (Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection)"
A fun, frank, and totally fab first novel, this glossy depiction of several gay relationships in the heart of Hollywood has a dash of depth to complement the camp: a lightweight but sincere exploration of love that creeps up on us when we least expect it. Read full book review >
DOG PEOPLE by Merry McInerney-Whiteford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1998

"Not a happy tale, but well told."
Tale by the author of Burning Down the House (1997) of a family mired in gambling debts and more, set in a 300-year-old family manse in Salem, Mass., a place that lends a dark reverb. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1998

"But it's still first-class entertainment for lovers of historical whodunits."
It's 11th-century England and King William's little band of emissaries is on the move again (The Lions of the North, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE KLONE AND I by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1998

"A deft, bubbly, decidedly unusual romance, and a welcome departure for the ever-redoubtable Steel."
Give Steel points for turning from her usual tearjerkers (The Long Road Home, p. 145, etc.) and trying her hand at a playful romantic comedy with a twist. Read full book review >
ARTICLES OF FAITH by Robert L. Rodin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1998

"An acceptable if somewhat labored first effort that turns chilling when, at the close, the author mentions his father's deathbed confession of having done similar things, and worse, during the bad old Cold War days."
Earnest sins-of-the-father debut thriller that, the author states in an emotional postscript, is based on a nasty truth. Read full book review >
THE LOST TRIBE by Mark Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1998

"Still, diverting and unusual, from Lee's mad expatriates to his often desperate but bemused Africans. (Author tour)"
Poet/playwright's Lee's first novel, set in contemporary West Africa and loosely reminiscent of Heart of Darkness. Read full book review >
WHERE THE SEA USED TO BE by Rick Bass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1998

"Read it slowly, and it won't let go of you. (Author tour)"
An ambitious and often captivatingly beautiful story, both Bass's 13th book (In the Loyal Mountains, 1995, etc.) and his first full-length novel. Read full book review >
THE WORLD I MADE FOR HER by Thomas Moran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1998

"Despite the grim premise and the graphically rendered bodily functions, Moran's hospital- stay novel is fast-paced, filled with vivid human detail, and ultimately deeply affecting."
Moran follows The Man in the Box (1997) with a surprisingly compelling tour of the inner life of a young man on life-support. Read full book review >
TIVOLEM by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1998

"A story to be savored, and winner of the 1998 Milkweed Editions Fiction Prize."
Longtime US resident Rangel-Ribeiro, a native of Goa who turned to fiction at age 72, debuts with a tale that luminously evokes life in that former Portuguese colony in India. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >