Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1756)

DOOM FOX by Iceberg Slim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Slim tricks up his prose with patches of low-grade porn: his lame melodramatics are as offensive as his degrading view of women everywhere on display here."
The revival of black pulp fiction no doubt explains the release of this previously unpublished work, written in 1978 by the notorious pimp-turned-poet of the streets (hustler name of Robert Beck, d.1992). Read full book review >
WILLING SPIRITS by Phyllis Schieber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Instead, they become figures on the page with very little life of their own."
A debut novel about two women whose friendship carries them over and through the many crises in their lives. Read full book review >

THE LOWEST BLUE FLAME BEFORE NOTHING by Lara Stapleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But there's no sign of that here."
If Candace Bushnell had settled in Park Slope or Ann Arbor instead of Manhattan, Stapleton might have got herself a plagiarism suit. Read full book review >
THE TURNING OVER by William McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Strong as reportage, but the storytelling itself—together with sketchy, not-always-credible characters—follows weakly along."
A first novel that vividly evokes the depressing decay and corruption of a place—West Africa—where things have so fallen apart that revolution becomes palpably imminent, while romance (in this case, between two expat Americans) remains less than compelling. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by Zachary Alan Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"After Fox's well-received debut (All Fall Down, 1997), better was expected. ($150,000 ad/promo)"
A man's search for his biological parents leads to multiple murders by multiple murderers in this overheated, overlong thriller. Read full book review >

WELCOME TO THE WORLD, BABY GIRL! by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Shamelessly corny—and extremely enjoyable. (First printing of 170,000; author tour)"
The author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafÇ (1987, etc.) returns with another engaging paean to the joys of down-home southern life. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT LOUIE'S PET DETECTIVES by Carole Nelson Douglas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives ($23.95; Oct.; 352 pp.; 0-312-86435-3): Douglas's outspoken cat Midnight Louie (Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt, p. 852, etc.) co-edits a collection of 17 mysteries whose dramatis personae include cats (Jan Grape, Carolyn Wheat, Lisa Lepovetsky, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, editor Douglas, and, in the collection's only reprint, Lilian Jackson Braun), dogs (Anne Perry, Dorothy Cannell, Bill Crider, J.A. Jance), raccoons, hamsters, birds, elephants, and a Tasmanian devil—all sandwiched between Lawrence Treat's suggestion that the MWA Edgars be divided into Cat and Non-Cat categories and Douglas's explanation of why anybody who doesn't like animal mysteries is a few whiskers short of a puss. Read full book review >
HUNGER by Lan Samantha Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The debut of a writer possessing a distinctive, fresh imagination and voice. (Author tour)"
A wonderfully written debut collection focusing on Chinese immigrants to America and the troubled lives of their children. Read full book review >
THE SANDGLASS by Romesh Gunesekera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Elegiac in mood and rich in evocations of character and setting, a novel that gracefully limns the origins of a domestic—and national—tragedy."
A beautifully crafted second novel from Booker finalist and Sri Lankan—born Gunesekera (Reef, 1995) tells of two warring families in contemporary Sri Lanka. Read full book review >
WHEN ANGELS REST by Donald Harington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Stay More remains an intermittently pleasant place to visit, but it never seems fully real, and you can't imagine yourself, or anyone else, actually living there."
The newest installment in Harington's ongoing chronicle of the Arkansas Ozark community of Stay More (The Choiring of the Trees, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
COLD IN EARTH by Melissa Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Still, on balance, a remarkably well-done first effort."
Cot death, they called it, when two-month-old Beth Warren died, but in this bleak, near-brilliant first novel, it soon becomes appallingly clear that they called it wrong. Read full book review >
A BITTER FEAST by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"If you still don't know Lydia and Bill, you'll never have a better chance to meet them. (Author tour)"
Chi-Chun Ho, an organizer for the restaurant workers whom Lydia Chin's old friend Peter Lee is trying to unionize, has disappeared from his apartment, and so have all three of his roommates, two other waiters and a busboy at the Dragon Garden, the Chinatown landmark owned by the powerful (and union-phobic) H.B. Yang. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >