Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

QUEEN MARGOT by Alexandre Dumas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The book's jacket and promotion will tie in to the Miramax film starring Isabelle Adjani in the title role."
From Dumas päre, master of such French historical ripsnorters as The Three Musketeers, comes a tale of 16th-century France. Read full book review >
VINEGAR HILL by A. Manette Ansay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Lovely prose, but only for those who can stomach the content."
First-time author Ansay, a 1992 recipient of the Nelson Algren Prize, subjects her readers to a small-town family's legacy of abuse and despair. Read full book review >

THE GOOD HUSBAND by Gail Godwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Particularly disappointing for a novelist of Godwin's stature."
A dying academic, an oblivious house husband, a self-centered Southern writer, and a grieving ex-editor suffer much angst in Godwin's (Father Melancholy's Daughter, 1991, etc.) latest domestic drama — a meditation on marriage in which the prose is always supple but also more than a little dull. Read full book review >
THOSE THAT MATTERED by Barbara Angle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A hard-edged tale of mining conditions and, especially, of the dearly bought success of one courageous woman."
This autobiographical debut novel about coal mining in Appalachia is almost hypnotic in its intensity, drama, and stark realism. Read full book review >
WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA by Scott Bradfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"An imaginative story, but after the initial shock wears off, the comedy dies and Emma becomes merely annoying."
In this dark and unfunny novel, Bradfield (Dream of the Wolf, 1990, etc.) writes the ``memoirs'' of a pathetic old woman who tries to gain control of her life by killing her mean and domineering husband. Read full book review >

GUNGA DIN HIGHWAY by Frank Chin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Let's hope so. (Author tour)"
With his brilliant first novel, Donald Duk (1991), playwright Chin accomplished what Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan could not: used Chinese-American culture as a springboard into original and hilarious art. Read full book review >
BODY OF KNOWLEDGE by Carol Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Once again, Dawson proves herself an astonishingly accomplished novelist very early in her career. (Author tour)"
Dawson (The Waking Spell, 1992) masterfully incorporates her central Texas characters into a magical, multigenerational, utterly mesmerizing struggle between good and evil. Read full book review >
THE SECRET HOLY WAR OF SANTIAGO DE CHILE by Marco Antonio de la Parra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This novel, so brilliantly conversant in so many genres and styles, seems curiously silent on these questions."
An odyssey through modern Chile by way of an apocalyptic cat- and-mouse game set in motion by the phrase: ``They're looking for you, Tito.'' Tito is Tito Livio, the novel's protagonist, an advertising executive and frustrated writer. ``They'' are more elusive: The forces of God and Satan, struggling to control the Chilean soul, have both dispatched goon squads after Tito, who possesses the clue to the missing fourth letter of the Tetragrammaton, the name of God that, when pronounced, unleashes infinite power and knowledge. Read full book review >
THE LAST KNOWN RESIDENCE OF MICKEY ACUNA by Dagoberto Gilb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The genuine Chicano dialogue buzzing over the lazy rec-room activities provides the draw here, but Gilb's overriding earnestness seems at odds with his characters' F.T.W. attitude."
A slight first novel by the author of last year's story collection The Magic of Blood, this details a few months in the lives of regular-guy Mexican-Americans firmly fixed in the here and now. Read full book review >
LET 'EM EAT CAKE by Susan Jedren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Nonetheless, heartbreaking."
A rollicking, spunky first novel featuring a single mother struggling to survive in the urban '90s. Read full book review >
THE MEMORIES OF ANA CALDERON by Graciela Limón
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A preposterous ending ruins this simple tale."
In this artfully written novel about a Mexican woman, Lim¢n (In Search of BernabÇ, not reviewed) offers a soapy plot and scant new insights into the immigrant experience. Read full book review >
WOMEN AND GHOSTS by Alison Lurie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Crisp prose throughout, but the spook show gets in the way of character development. (Author tour)"
With her usual dry wit, Lurie (The Truth About Lorin Jones, 1988, etc.) makes the supernatural seem at first possible, and then inevitable, as this collection's gimmick loses its freshness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >