Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

AFTER SILENCE by Jonathan Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 1993

"Still, honest Lily's best pages run deep— and this is Carroll's most readable ever."
Carroll joins the mainstream with a romantic suspense novel quite unlike his usual slippery surrealism (Outside the Dog Museum, 1991; A Child Across the Sky, 1990, etc.) and delivers what is pretty much a winner. Read full book review >
DIGGING TO AUSTRALIA by Lesley Glaister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 1993

"A shrewd, efficient, invasive novel—first-rate."
In her increasingly interesting work, this English author has intuited some uncomfortable truths about the ``outsider's'' pursuit of the ``ordinary'' (in Honour Thy Father, 1991, a gothicy creeper, as well as in Trick or Treat, 1992). Read full book review >

A MOTHER'S LOVE by Mary Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 1993

"So, poetry—without much of the messy stuff of life."
Single motherhood is the ostensible subject of Morris's second novel (after Crossroads, 1983; plus several story collections and a duet of travelogues). Read full book review >
LIVING IN LITTLE ROCK WITH MISS LITTLE ROCK by Jack Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 1993

"Bat your way through all the froth and you get an interesting-enough portrait of the recent New South—but know that it's a major undertaking for only a moderate reward."
A fat, slathering mix of high spirits, crime melodrama, metafiction, and narrative cuteness bakes up Butler's third novel (Jujitsu for Christ, 1986; Nightshade, 1989)—set in guess where, during a short period, 1981, when Bill Clinton is not Arkansas's governor and when a ``Creation Science'' bill is up before the legislature, paining every enlightened Arkansan. Read full book review >
ALL FOR MONEY by Glenn Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 1993

"Go get 'em, Bob."
Fair-haired publisher Bob Macallan accepts a $10 million buyout offer for his medical-lifestyle magazine Elixir—and then watches the sharks circle as he struggles to meet the revenue quotas that will keep him from losing the money. Read full book review >

SO FAR FROM GOD by Ana Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 1993

"Storytelling skills and humor allow Castillo to integrate essaylike folklore sections (herbal curing, saint carving, cooking)—while political material (community organizing, toxic chemicals, feminism, the Gulf War) is delivered with unabashed directness and usually disarming charm."
Chicana writer Castillo (whose reputation until now has been mostly regional) brings a warm, sometimes biting but not bitter feminist consciousness to the wondrous, tragic, and engaging lives of a New Mexico mother and her four fated daughters. Read full book review >
YUPPIE SCUM by Sean Breckenridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1993

"Heavy-handed and rather preachy."
Eighties-rich University of Pennsylvania alumni chase each other around Manhattan, looking for the fiendish former friend who ran off with their life savings and one of their wives. Read full book review >
THE BODY IN FOUR PARTS by Janet Kauffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1993

"Pretentious deluxe."
Kauffman (Obscene Gestures for Women, etc.) has a mage's weakness for mysterious utterance, the goddess-persona, and a tendency to approach each of her slender, poetic but usually freighted works as though she's revising Ovid along feminist lines. Read full book review >
GOSPEL by Wilton Barnhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1993

"Full of historical, religious, and comic flourishes, but misfiring terribly: this is interesting mostly for what it might have been."
To those who've eagerly awaited Barnhardt's follow-up to his acclaimed debut novel, Emma Who Saved My Life (1989), this long- winded and lame excuse for an epic adventure will be a rude surprise. Read full book review >
THE VENUS DEAL by Ken Kuhlken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1993

"Tangled and murky—long on violence, bloodlust, atmosphere, and loose ends."
A prequel to The Loud Adios (1991) that finds p.i. Read full book review >
VENUS ENVY by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1993

"Death is like a punctuation mark, a period at the end of a sentence,'' etc.), but her sexual frankness and flippant humor are as refreshing as always. (First printing of 75,000)"
More frothy fun from the queen of southern sexual farce—this featuring a former debutante who comes out of the closet in gossipy, backstabbing Virginia. ``Dying's not so bad. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1993

"Historically vivid and inventive, yet plagued by plunges from storytelling into a mire of prolonged rumination, where the fantasy seems forced and academic."
A collection of fanciful forays into a vibrant century of American history, juxtaposing an analyst's self-absorbed search for inspiration and a more natural, spontaneous approach—from story- writer Garber (Metaphysical Tales, 1981—not reviewed), winner of TriQuarterly's William Goyen Prize for Fiction for 1992. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >