Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1759)

THE RIGHTEOUS CUT by Robert Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Its scattershot plot and overcrowded cast of underdeveloped characters alternately frustrate and confuse."
When his crony Jack Amsterdam is murdered in December, 1941, ostensibly by a prostitute at the Bella Creole Hotel, corrupt New Orleans councilman Whit Richards is rattled. Read full book review >
BURNING THE ICE by Laura J. Mixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Overstuffed but beautifully thought-out: tense, complex, and spellbinding."
Long-range sequel to Mixon's impressive Proxies (1998). Read full book review >

THE GIRL FROM THE COAST by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A deeply flawed book that ought to have been a much better one."
Fascinating material is treated rather unevenly in this previously untranslated early novel by the Indonesian author of such impassioned political fiction as The Fugitive and his highly praised Buru Quartet. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AND ADVENTURES by Castle Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"There are some suggestions of final plot twists, but Freeman's latest (after (Judgment Hill, 1997, etc.), wonderfully written and finely wrought, remains a fictional memoir more of a place than a person."
Diffuse tale of life in small-town Vermont, narrated by a man who hints at mysteries in his past without satisfactorily exploring them. Read full book review >
HUSBAND AND WIFE by Zeruya Shalev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Probably too ornate for some, but a beautifully written story that carries great weights of meaning."
Israeli poet and novelist Shalev (Love Life, 2000) returns with a highly polished and deeply metaphoric account of a troubled marriage. Read full book review >

LIFE AT THESE SPEEDS by Jeremy Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A quietly remarkable achievement of pathos and wit."
A teenaged track star in Missouri uses his gift for speed to cope with traumatic loss—in a first novel that gives new life to the subject of athletics and coming of age. Read full book review >
TOWNIE by John Butman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"The revelations are more engaging than the business bluster, since the offbeat characters are the real story in this newcomer's saga of fulfillment never quite distinguished from enrichment."
The motives are murky, but an oddly moving chemistry results when a homeless man on a decades-old quest and an eccentric multimillionaire join forces in a quaint but upscale Massachusetts town. Read full book review >
MORE THAN ENOUGH by John Fulton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Well written but dull and uneventful."
The unhappy domestic life of a Utah family: a first novel from storywriter Fulton (Retribution, 2001). Read full book review >
IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS by Fred G. Leebron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Tight dialogue and suspenseful accretion can't disguise a certain lackadaisical quality."
Another polished, obliquely emotional rendering from literary darling Leebron (Six Figures, 2000), this about a tight, long-distance sister-brother relationship ruptured by illness and regret. Read full book review >
TOM, DICK AND DEBBIE HARRY by Jessica Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"The Tasmanian-born author's US debut may not quite know what it wants, but it makes a valiant effort of getting there: Tom, Dick and Debbie Harry should find a respectable following by virtue almost of its name alone."
Goofy goings-on in Tasmania as the aftershocks of a guy's second marriage send tremors through the surrounding characters' lives. Read full book review >
LABYRINTH by Mark T. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Smashing glass, thudding copter blades, rumbling boulders: Labyrinth has popcorn written all over it."
A clutch of action-movie set pieces in which cavers, scientists, escaped convicts, and the US Cavalry race after a moon rock hidden in a cavern. Read full book review >
A TRUE STORY BASED ON LIES by Jennifer Clement
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2002

"Severely overdone: A True Story . . . ends up seeming little different from cheap romance with a highfalutin' narration."
An overwrought and overwritten account of a doomed Mexican household, by poet, biographer, and novelist Clement (Widow Basquiat, not reviewed). 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 >