Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

A FAINT COLD FEAR by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

Lena Adams, the cop-turned-security-guard whose twin sister was murdered in the opening scene of Slaughter's striking debut (Blindsighted, 2001), takes center stage in this third volume. Read full book review >
GARBO LAUGHS by Elizabeth Hay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A sparkling demonstration of Hollywood's hold on our fantasies—and its awkward fit with our earthbound selves."
Garbo, Brando, Sean Connery . . . the stars are out in one Ottawa home that's experiencing video heaven. Read full book review >

SEASON’S REVENGE by Henry Kisor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Kisor (Flight of the Gin Fizz, 1997, etc.) effectively evokes his setting and the attractive pace of life there, though sometimes at the expense of tension in his plot."
An Upper Peninsula deputy juggles a handful of small-town cases and unravels a modest mystery. Read full book review >
PEOPLE LIKE OURSELVES by Pamela Jooste
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A finely crafted portrayal of a society on the cusp."
A somber portrait of the deteriorating marriage of a white middle-aged couple beset by doubts and fears in post-apartheid Johannesburg, where the past still casts long shadows and the future is uncertain. Read full book review >
BAGGAGE CLAIM by David E. Talbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Serenely silly and insubstantial. Pablum, packaged for quick sale as soul food. Don't bite."
An unmarried flight attendant's frantic search for the perfect man takes center stage, in this frothy debut from playwright Talbert (Love Makes Things Happen; Mr. Right Now!, etc.). Read full book review >

DAUGHTER by Asha Bandele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Though the end dips into the maudlin, first-novelist bandele delivers an eloquent message about the tragedy of dreams—and life—deferred."
A potent mix of familial strife and racial injustice in Brooklyn, by Essence editor, poet, and memoirist bandele (The Prisoner's Wife, 1999). Read full book review >
MORNING DARK by Daniel Buckman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Overstuffed with detail, but always the right ones: a messy kind of perfect."
A Vietnam vet lets his life slip out of control, to the disgust of his WWII vet father. Read full book review >
THE ONE TRUE OCEAN by Sarah Beth Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A sincere first effort gets mired in the plot's undertow."
A shapely meandering debut explores the hazards of lying to the children. Read full book review >
THE VOICES by Susan Elderkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Lots to chew on, but hard to digest."
Elderkin, whose debut (the award-winning Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains, 2000) painted a lyric picture of the Arizona desert, now delves into the mysteries of the Australian outback. Read full book review >
THE ROMANCE OF ELEANOR GRAY by Raymond Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A haunting tale from an established voice (The Bitterest Age, 1994, etc.)."
The distinctions between investigation, fixation, and obsession in a story of a young woman who becomes fascinated by another woman in early-20th-century New England. Read full book review >
POLITICS by Adam Thirlwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Undergraduate ravings of this sort should be inflicted only on hapless editors or professors of creative writing."
A ménage à trois in contemporary London. Read full book review >
A FAKER’S DOZEN by Melvin Jules Bukiet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Intelligent and amusing: a tour de force for the literate tabloid enthusiast."
Eleven stories in a third collection from Bukiet (While the Messiah Tarries, 1995, etc.) focus on the complicated lives of the renowned and disingenuous. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >