Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

WOMEN ON THE CASE by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Most notable as a barometer of the impressive verve and variety of contemporary women's mystery writing."
This sequel to A Woman's Eye (1991) packs 26 all-new or newly translated stories, linked for the most part not only by their female authors and sleuths, but for their focus on issues of special concern to women (most of them would be unrecognizable with men in the leading roles). Read full book review >
THE INTRUDER by Peter Blauner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Just try to tear yourself away from it long enough to cast the big-ticket movie. (First printing of 200,000; film rights to Mandalay)"
A memorably violent confrontation between a perfect New York family and a homeless man with nothing left to lose—and a lot more in common with the family than they'd like to think. Read full book review >

FOLLOW ME by Paul Griner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Thief'')—but Griner is a formidable talent, sure to be heard from again."
The ten stories in this debut collection vary in quality from writing-school clever to pared-down mature. Read full book review >
MY REAL NAME IS LISA by David Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"TV rights to CBS, which will sharply improve the TV movie by shifting more of the menace from the opening episodes to the end."
A year after six-year-old Lisa Taylor is kidnapped, computer exec Peter Howard sees a man treating a little girl in a way that looks suspicious to him. Read full book review >
THE WINTER'S HERO by Vassily Aksyonov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"In every way equal to its distinguished predecessor, this is a triumphant conclusion (unless, as seems possible, another sequel is planned) to an indisputably major work."
The sequel to Aksyonov's Generations of Winter (1994) surveys the fortunes of the Gradov family of Moscow following their ordeals during the Stalin years and WW II, then continues their story in the postwar period through Stalin's in 1953. Read full book review >

BLACK MAPS by David Jauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Rainier,'' in which a drunken wreck of a father discovers at his only son's funeral the accusatory and inescapable shape of the life that lies before him."
Black Maps ($22.95; June 1996; 176 pp.; 1-55849-033-7). Read full book review >
THE HOTEL IN THE JUNGLE by Albert J. Guerard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"At times bewildering and overly dense—like the jungle it evokes—and, in the end, much like the Grand Hotel Balneario itself: haunted, mysterious, beguiling."
The beautifully evoked jungles of southern Mexico are the setting for distinguished critic Guerard's eighth novel (Christine/Annette, 1985, etc.), a story that layers diaries and narratives from three separate time periods—1870, 1922, and the present—to tell of a fabulous Mayan ruin, Casas Grandes, and its nearby dopplegÑnger, a folly in the jungle called the Gran Hotel Balneario Chimalapa. Read full book review >
THE FILM EXPLAINER by Gert Hofmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"It's a superb premise, unfortunately developed with only middling success in an oddly muted tale that never fully engages the reader's emotions."
The Film Explainer ($25.95; June 1996; 256 pp.; 0-8101-1293-0). Read full book review >
THE SEVEN DAYS OF MAN by Abdel-Hakim Kassem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Western readers may, accordingly, respond less enthusiastically to this novel's meditative symbolic form than to the incidental pleasures offered by its (thankfully) more mundane subplots and vivid secondary characters."
The Seven Days Of Man ($24.95; June 1996; 220 pp.; 0-8101-1415-1). Read full book review >
DEEP IN THE HEART by Barbara Bickmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Bickmore (Homecoming, 1995, etc.) is in peak form here, avoiding stereotypical leads and keeping the plot moving at a breakneck but satisfying clip: altogether, a romantic yarn with a sense of fun as large as, well, Texas."
A set-in-Texas romantic extravaganza that runs the gamut from 1960s hicksville to 1980s Houston with nary a dull moment. Read full book review >
THE ROSE CROSSING by Nicholas Jose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"He fumbles only in imposing too abrupt and mechanical an end on his odd, engaging characters."
A fable, set in the 17th century, filled with vivid evocations of another time, wonderfully peculiar characters, and driven by a rather chilly vision of fate. Read full book review >
LET THE DRUM SPEAK by Linda Lay Shuler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Some hard information here based on major archeological digs, but, overall, cartoon-soft, even if modestly diverting."
The elementary but agile further adventures of Shuler's 13th- century Native Americans in territory encompassing sections of what will be New Mexico, Oklahoma and Missouri. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >