Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1756)

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE by Carole Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"And customs officials can't believe Damien's duck—or story. But so it goes in this cheeky romp from a bestselling Britisher with a great sense of fun."
Screwball comedy about a duck, a diamond ring, and a mixed-up wedding. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF CAIN by Herb Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Steadily gripping and well done."
Strong debut thriller by a former member of the justice system in New York, featuring a standoff between FBI profiler John Keenan and Isaac Drum, the serial killer he captured after a rigorous manhunt. Read full book review >

AMBASSADOR OF THE DEAD by Askold Melnyczuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Though the telling goes soft now and then, and the words too many, Melnyczuk's achievement, overall, is sustained, powerful, lamentable, and moving."
Second-novelist Melnyczuk (What Is Told, 1994, not reviewed) offers a full-fleshed tale of immigrant life, the cost of assimilation, and the time-stopping death-grip—on some—of the catastrophe that was WWII in eastern Europe. Read full book review >
THE ROSE CITY by David Ebershoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Ebershoff (The Danish Girl, 2000) strikes a chord over and again, sure to resonate like soulful music to some and clanking repetition to others."
A well-honed but less-than-striking collection about discontented gay men caught between troubled childhoods, diminished lives, and the shifting winds of their uncertain futures. Read full book review >
UNDERCURRENTS by Marie Darrieussecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A beautifully constructed little nightmare: Darrieussecq's best yet."
A woman "kidnaps" her young daughter—or so it initially appears—in this skillfully understated third novel from the young French author of Pig Tales (1997) and My Phantom Husband (1999). Read full book review >

COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME by Erika Krouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Dead-on dialogue, realistically drawn scenes of extreme psychological discomfort, a subtle use of metaphor, and bursts of lyric epiphany: an irresistible debut."
A hard-hitting debut collection of mostly first-person narratives about the often-disappointing romantic entanglements of women in their 20s and early 30s. Read full book review >
THE HERMITAGE by Marie Bronsard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"So has the reader, who won't remember The Hermitage nearly as long as She remembered Him."
This paper-thin récit, first published in 1986, consists of a nameless woman's monologue addressed to the (also unnamed) lover who left her ten years earlier, for another man. Read full book review >
DATING CAN BE MURDER by Jennifer Apodaca
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Then Sam could review it herself, and we'd all go home happy."
Here's the recipe for postmarital bliss: smaller house, bigger tits, more jobs, scantier clothes. Read full book review >
GRACE by Jane Roberts Wood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A bit much, truth be told, what with all those swelling emotions, soldierly love letters, and lyrical quotes from WWII's greatest hits."
Unabashedly romantic fiction from the author of Dance a Little Longer (1993), this time about a small-town enchantress and her swains, circa 1944. Read full book review >
HOUSEHUSBAND by Ad Hudler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Women readers (and what male would read this book?) will want to strangle Linc by his story's self-congratulatory end."
A first novel whose self-impressed narrator takes on househusbanding with a vengeance and makes a better wife and mother than any woman could. Read full book review >
THE BAY OF ANGELS by Anita Brookner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"While her language is as beautifully precise and insightful as ever, Brookner's reticence is too much like Zoë's. She holds her characters, including Zoë, at such a distance that they never become interesting in a novel so understated that it ends up undercooked as well."
The prolific Brookner (Undue Influence, 2000, etc.) marries subject and style in this slight novel about a woman of stoic rectitude who measures her success in life by her ability to adapt and make do. Read full book review >
ROUGH MUSIC by Patrick Gale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"If Oprah takes British writers, this is a shoo-in."
In his richly rewarding ninth novel, British author Gale (Tree Surgery for Beginners, 1994, etc.) leaves behind the comedy on which he's built a reputation to explore how secrets, betrayals, and missed connections come close to tearing a family apart. 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 >