Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

THE BEGGAR BRIDE by Gillian White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"A contemporary cautionary tale with bite and flair."
An engaging piece of English upstairs-downstairs business as a young woman weaves a tangled web of deception to help her unemployed husband and ailing baby. Read full book review >
INTERCEPTION by Graham Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Too contemporary for science- fiction fans, and the reliably described Internet procedures are in danger of growing obsolete by the time the book reaches paperback."
A third try at genre-jumping from computer/sex/romance/hi-techie Watkins (Virus, 1995, etc.)—a hokey, sentimental, but up-to-the-minute story of love, death, depravity, and software abuse on the Internet, Can one find true love on the Internet? Read full book review >

RIBSTONE PIPPINS by Helen Wykham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"With the feel of a prose-poem, the novel shimmers, though ultimately seeming more surface than substance."
The first American release of a 1974 British novel offering a strangely impressionistic, and not altogether satisfying, coming- of-age love story. Read full book review >
SHE CAME TO THE CASTRO by Mary Wings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"What's really noteworthy about Emma's fourth case (She Came by the Book, 1996, etc.), though, is her tough professionalism on the job, and Wings's success in tying high- level social debates about gay rights into the mystery, right down to the blissful final surprise."
Two new jobs are competing for Emma Victor's attention. Read full book review >
WAYFARER by Bruce Fulton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Here is evidence of a rich vein of contemporary writing all but unknown to us—and well worth exploring."
Wayfarer ($14.95 paperback original; Apr. 1997; 224 pp.; 1-879679-09-4): Eight long stories, all written since the late 1970s, representative of a new wave of Korean women only recently liberated from the second-class status imposed by a male-dominated society. Read full book review >

URBAN ORACLES by Mayra Santos-Febres
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Much more than erotica, these blunt stories are crystalline glimpses of the psychology of obsession, by a writer whom we ought to know better."
Urban Oracles ($15.95 paperback original; Apr. 1997; 220 pp.; 1-57129-034-6): Fifteen erotic stories, rife with furtive sexual encounters, voyeurism, and daringly sensual imagery, from a highly acclaimed Spanish writer. Read full book review >
GENTS by Warwick Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"A deceptively simple tale with an unorthodox setting and near- zero commercial potential, Collins's novel covers considerable social ground in a brief span—and is eminently successful."
Collins, author of The Rationalist (1994), a Booker contender, shows himself once again to be a daring, unconventional, accomplished writer, with a quirky story of the life and times of a London public toilet. Read full book review >
THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE by Joan Fay Cuccio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Debut work that's often muddled but that at its best can be superb."
Cuccio makes a laudable effort on her first outing to embrace armfuls of life and get them onto the page, but her indisputable moments of brilliance are often dimmed by overwriting and conventional dramatics. Read full book review >
ILLUSIONS by Janet Dailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Fans will be satisfied, but hardly satiated."
There's a straightforward, even simplistic element to Dailey's (Notorious, 1996, etc.) follow-the-numbers murder mystery, but the quirky, determined Delaney Wescott—and her romantic pursuits—keep a fire going under the otherwise predictable proceedings. Read full book review >
PRINCESS CHARMING by Jane Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"As easy and mindless as seven days at sea on a deluxe cruise- -slick, sassy, and expertly executed. (Author tour)"
Heller strikes again with this razzle-dazzle cruise ship murder mystery, sure to be a big hit with her faithful following (Infernal Affairs, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
DEADLINE FOR MURDER by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Only the prose is chaste."
Don't be fooled: McDermid's third appearance in under a year (following The Mermaids Singing and Blue Genes) is actually the first American edition of a Lindsay Gordon novel published in the UK in 1991 as Final Edition. Read full book review >
THE ROARING GIRL by Greg Hollingshead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Wild, weird, and wonderful: Hollingshead has perfectly fitted his voice to his subject and crafted these tales with astonishing skill."
A welcome arrival from Canada, Hollingshead (in his first US publication) points out a new direction to readers tired of the nihilistic banalities of postmodernism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >