Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1756)

CLOSE COMBAT by W.E.B. Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Good military and political gossip—but little action."
Griffin's WW II saga of the Marines in the Pacific continues (Line of Fire, etc.), now covering the five weeks from October 11 to November 18, 1942. Read full book review >
A SONG FOR ARBONNE by Guy Gavriel Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Complex and compelling: one of the most impressive fantasies in a long time."
Kay's latest is very much in the vein of his well-received Tigana (1990): an exhilarating epic fantasy based loosely on medieval history. Read full book review >

FABLES OF THE IRISH INTELLIGENTSIA by Nina Fitzpatrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1993

"Despite it all, still quintessentially Irish."
Typical prejudices about the Irish slyly skewered to varying effect. Read full book review >
FROM THE HEART OF THE DAY by Roy Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1993

"One wonders how much hope the sequels can offer the younger Armstrongs."
The opening installment, first published in England in 1979, of a generational trilogy about the luckless Armstrong family of Georgetown by Guyanese writer Heath. Read full book review >
THE SEA OF LIGHT by Jenifer Levin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"An awkward mix of the profound and the political as Levin's well-defined characters offer tiresomely banal and tendentious comments on life and love—without adding much new to either."
Ambitious new fiction from Levin (Shimoni's Lover, 1987, etc.) degenerates, despite some vivid writing, into a mawkish—and always politically correct—paean to the redemptive power of love, especially women's love. Read full book review >

CRY ME A RIVER by T.R. Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 1993

"The genius is not in the tale, but in the telling—generous in spirit, deft in design."
Pearson's latest comedy of bad manners (Gospel Hour, 1991, etc.) confirms his status as a master storyteller. Read full book review >
THE MARAVILLAS DISTRICT by Rosa Chacel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"An easy read not—but well worth the effort."
A first novel in an autobiographical trilogy, by Spanish writer-artist Chacel (b. 1898—), perceptively detailing the rites of passage of two young women artists. Read full book review >
THE HEIRESS BRIDE by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 1993

"Silly and cheerful."
Last blast of passion and splashy action in Coulter's "Bride" trilogy (the paperback The Sherbrooke Bride and The Hellion Bride) featuring the good works of a 16th-century ghost (who's picked up a partner) to help out a new bride with her Scots bridegroom, a castle, and assorted nasty beings. Read full book review >
THE IDEA OF HOME by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Overall, however, White's reliance on familiar cultural artifacts make much of the book just that—too familiar."
Collage of autobiography and invented history in which White (Heretical Songs, 1981; Metaphysics in the Midwest, 1988; ed., An Illuminated History of the Future, 1989) plays trickster-fashion with the myths of California's tract-home suburbs. Read full book review >
THE BUNGALOW by Lynn Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Still, Freed fans may not care especially, satisfied enough with the very humane, high-grade novelizing that's here."
Freed here continues the story of Ruth Frank, begun in the excellent Home Ground (1986): Ruth's South African Jewish childhood now behind her, she has married lovelessly and returned from New York on a solo visit to see her parents after her father suffers a heart attack. Read full book review >
STORYVILLE by Lois Battle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"It's a lot easier to forgive and love the whore than the women's activist—which would be an interesting irony, if only Battle seemed more in control of it. (First printing of 75,000; Literary Guild Dual Main Selection for February)"
Battle's last, The Past is Another Country (1990), was set in Australia. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN'S DREAMS by Alan Lightman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Cheerful fantasies, balanced exquisitely between poetry and the popular physics essay. (First serial to Granta and Harper's.)"
Lightman, a teacher of physics and writing at MIT, evokes the musings of Albert Einstein in this playful, unusual first work of fiction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >