Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1756)

DUSK by F. Sionil Jose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"The obvious political agenda overwhelms the narrative, but JosÇ's luminous evocations of the land and the life are fair compensations."
From Filipino writer JosÇ, the first novel in the acclaimed Rosales Saga makes its American debut. Read full book review >
LAST DAYS OF SUMMER by Steve Kluger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

The late Ring Lardner might just be reading now over our shoulders, for Kluger's epistolary novel of 1940s Brooklyn baseball is right up his genre. Read full book review >

THE HONK AND HOLLER OPENING SOON by Billie Letts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Happiness lite."
A sunny look at the dark side, as a poster group—a Vietnam vet, an Asian immigrant, a Native American, and an African- American widow'serendipitously find happiness at an Oklahoma diner. Read full book review >
A WORLD AWAY by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Hands-down winner of best novel of the year award except that that year might be 1947, say, or 1948."
Granta named O'Nan one of the best new American writers, and his brilliantly executed fourth (after The Speed Queen, 1997) shows why, though it's also a long nostalgia bath, the novelistic equivalent of a loved old movie. Read full book review >
BEYOND RECALL by Robert Goddard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A superior example of Goddard's velvet-cloaked menace."
An unwelcome hint that the man who was executed long ago for the murder of Christian Napier's great-uncle brings back the past with a rush in Goddard's latest demi-period thriller (Out of the Sun, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

SOULS TO KEEP by David L. Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"That Robbins can write as gauzily as an angel when he wants to is perfectly clear, even though, like F. Scott Fitzgerald with his lesser magazine stories, he heedlessly weaves merit and the meretricious into one spool of paradisial yard goods. (Film rights to Regency Films)"
Compelling debut fantasy, modeled in part on two famed romantic ghost movies. Read full book review >
MY HEART LAID BARE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"That the result is also irresistibly comic is so much frosting on a sumptuous cake and one of the most inviting products of Oates's incomparably rich imagination."
Oates's 28th novel, another installment in the "Gothic Quintet" that includes such energetic faux romances as Bellefleur (1980) and Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984), is one of her most inventive and entertaining yet. Read full book review >
CONTRACT WITH AN ANGEL by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Should be read with Palestrina Masses playing in the background."
Greeley (Summer at the Lake, 1997, etc. etc.) returns with more High Blarney, this time with an inversion on the Faust legend in which an atheist sells his soul to an angel. Read full book review >
YOUR BLUE-EYED BOY by Helen Dunmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A haunting and psychologically dense exploration, then, that reads as effortlessly as a standard-issue thriller."
Dunmore follows the sure-handed Talking to the Dead (1997) with a complex and resonant portrait of a woman's bruising confrontation with her past. Read full book review >
THE WAY I FOUND HER by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"The result is riveting."
Part mystery, part romance, part adolescent fantasy, the latest from Tremain (Sacred Country, 1993, etc.) features a 13-year-old English boy who turns supersleuth when his first love, a much older best-selling writer, is kidnaped in Paris. Read full book review >
THE FIRE GOSPELS by Mike Magnuson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"An ambitious, exasperating effort that finds more glory in destruction than it does in the human spirit."
An American gothic of a heartland holocaust and its effect on a bunch of pathetic antiheroes in a Wisconsin hamlet. Read full book review >
FROM THE GARDEN OF MEMORY by Dwight Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Good gothic gloom, though parts of the story are far-fetched, crossing over from the credibly ill-fated to the ludicrous."
A haunted house that isn't, a cousin who wasn't, and a young woman lost somewhere between the two are the features of this moody, tricky midwestern tale, a debut in fiction from Williams (coauthor, Raising Lazarus, 1994). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >