Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1756)

PARADISE BAY by James Michael Pratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2002

"Sweetness and light in a plot riddled with shortcuts."
Again from Pratt (Ticket Home, 2001, etc.), a love story too saccharine and formulaic to be affecting. Read full book review >
THREE JUNES by Julia Glass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2002

"Nevertheless, a rather formidable debut. The traditional novel of social relations is very much alive in Three Junes. Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Bowen, among other exemplars, would surely approve."
Readers may be reminded of Evelyn Waugh and, especially, Angus Wilson by the rich characterizations and narrative sweep that grace this fine debut about three summers in—and surrounding—the lives of a prominent and prosperous Scottish family. Read full book review >

SEE THE CHILD by David Bergen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2002

"Mature and engrossing fiction, from one of Canada's best new writers."
A keen sensitivity to the frailty of the physical body—and to the inescapable fact of mortality—subtly enriches this emotionally compelling tale by the Winnipeg author (A Year of Lesser, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SEAL WIFE by Kathryn Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2002

"Leaden, pretentious, and dull: a Harlequin romance in writing-program prose."
The latest strange love tale from Harrison (The Binding Chair, 2000, etc.), who heads north to Alaska this time to follow the sorrows of a young weatherman. Read full book review >
THE WAILING WIND by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2002

"Top-notch detective work by all hands, a solution fully worthy of the puzzle, and all the hard-won wisdom on cultural clashes between Navajos and whites you'd expect from Hillerman (Hunting Badger, 2000, etc.)."
Two years ago, wealthy oil-lease magnate Wiley Denton confessed to shooting Marvin McKay dead—a con man, he testified, whose offer of a partnership in the lost Golden Calf goldmine backfired when he tried to leave Denton's place with the $50,000 down payment in lieu of any legal agreement—pleaded self-defense, and served his time. Read full book review >

THE CADENCE OF GRASS by Thomas McGuane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2002

"Exhilarating: like a good run in bad weather."
Novelist and essay-writer McGuane (Nothing But Blue Skies, 1992; The Longest Silence, 1999; etc.) assembles a large cast for a small but satisfying story about crazies, their keepers, and their victims in his beloved and beguiling Montana. Read full book review >
GALLOWS THIEF by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2002

"Standard Cornwell, this time with enough effluvial smells to make a bloodhound hold its breath."
A washed-ashore Cape Codder for the past 20 years, Cornwell has published 18 Richard Sharpe British historicals about soldiering during the Napoleonic Wars (Sharpe's Triumph, 2002), nearly a dozen of which have been seen on PBS. Read full book review >
ELEAZAR, EXODUS TO THE WEST by Michel Tournier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2002

"One of Tournier's most accessible and attractive books."
The eponymous protagonist of this 1996 novella by the eminent French author of The Ogre (1970) and The Four Wise Men (1980) resembles these and other Tournier works in its deft reworking of biblical source material. Read full book review >
THE CURVE OF THE WORLD by Marcus Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2002

"Already optioned for film. The camera work on Africa, applied to a lush subject, should be better than Stevens's competent but dry prose."
Commercial-director Stevens wades into fiction with the story of an American businessman lost in the heart of Africa's darkness. Read full book review >
THE GIRLFRIENDS’ CLUB by Judith Henry Wall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2002

"Glum, predictable soap opera with a standard twist or two."
Four doormats complain about all the feet. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BEMIS by John Sedgwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2002

"Obvious and overlong, but nevertheless a well-mannered tale, narrated at a nice steady pace in the best old-fashioned way."
In an updated and more geriatric version of Now, Voyager, Sedgwick (The Dark House, 2000) portrays a young psychiatrist unlocking the closets and airing out the skeletons in the ancestral home of an unhappy Boston Brahmin. Read full book review >
THINK OF ENGLAND by Alice Elliott Dark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2002

"At best, a qualified success. Dark's most accomplished work thus far remains her short fiction."
A lonely woman's painfully extended rite of passage is compassionately explored in this affecting, though uneven first novel by storywriter Dark (In the Gloaming, 2000, etc.). 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 >