Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1759)

SHOOTING SCRIPT by Gordon Cotler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 1992

"And, yes, there's a zinger kept for the end, too."
When troublemaking Nicholas Stavros, who claims veteran TV writer Mike Saldinger plagiarized his script for the chancy new crime series Corrigan's Way, is killed, Mike's problems rapidly go from bad to worse—especially since his alibi, a California roller-bunny he knows only as Jenny, vanishes before he can introduce her to the police. Read full book review >
YELLOW by Daniel Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Remington's gentility and Bierce's death agony seem to throw a blanket over things."
On his deathbed in a Mexican bordello, Ambrose Bierce recalls the journalistic instigation of the Spanish-American War as told to him by Frederic Remington—in a sixth novel from Lynch (Brennan's Point, 1988, etc.) Read full book review >

MURDER IN THE WEST WING by Elliott Roosevelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 1992

"The most compelling so far of this fact-and-fiction series."
One more of Elliott Roosevelt's posthumously published novels centered on his able mother Eleanor's role as detective. Read full book review >
FOREVER by Judith Gould
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1992

"It's the Sidney- Sheldon-gone-kinky approach, and here—as in Gould's others—it'll most likely work."
Escapist commercial fiction of operatic scale is Gould's niche (Never Too Rich, 1990, etc.), and, here, she claims her stake there again with a wild-ride-of-a-book about a woman who goes to incredible lengths to track down her grandfather's murderers. Read full book review >
RIVER OF THE SUN by Patricia Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1992

"Well-balanced, unsentimental, vivid portrayal of the taming of Australia's Wild West."
Rich, compelling adventures set during the Australian Gold Rush in the late 1800's. Read full book review >

CHINA SILK by Anne Worboys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1992

"Chinese, and the karmic silliness will enjoy the local color and history."
Atmospheric, if uneven, melodramatic obstacle-course to true love set in the glory days of the British Empire, in 1920's Hong Kong—in another historical romance from the New Zealand-born Worboys (Aurora Rose, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 1992

"Her stories are finely tuned but slightly toneless, with not enough to set them apart from other earnest first fictions."
A debut collection of 11 diminutive stories, many of which made their first public showing in the pages of little magazines like The North American Review. Read full book review >
THE HAWK IS HUNGRY by D'Arcy McNickle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"Sometimes old-fashioned in tone but right in line with the multicultural and debunking thrust of today's New Western History."
Sixteen stories, ten edited from previously unpublished manuscripts, provide unromantic views of the American West, observations of urban sophistication and prejudice, and insight into the life and creative work of author/political leader McNickle (1904-77), perhaps the most influential Native American of his era. Read full book review >
JESUS' SON by Denis Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Blunt and gritty: Johnson's beautifully damned stories sing with divine poetry, all the while bludgeoning us with existential reality."
Johnson (Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, 1991; Fiskadoro, 1985 etc.) brings together eleven down-and-out stories linked by their disagreeable narrator—a lowlife of mythic proportions who abuses drugs, booze, and people with reckless indifference. Read full book review >
THE NAMES OF THE MOUNTAINS by Reeve Lindbergh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Pleasant, and with special value as an insight into a famous family."
According to the author, daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh (cf. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE STORIES 1992 by Edward D. Hoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

Hoch's annual short story roundup includes three not-to-be- missed: Ruth Rendell's ``Mother's Help,'' in which what goes round comes round inexorably; Peter Lovesey's ``The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown,'' in which a pair of set-in-their-ways spinster sisters arouse the interest of all-too-helpful villagers; and Wendy Hornsby's Edgar-winning ``Nine Sons,'' a sad commentary on the fate of rural daughters. Read full book review >
DIRECTOR OF THE WORLD by Jane McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Fine writing in an often touching debut."
Tender, richly textured stories of children and adults working against their feelings of loss, abandonment, and personal dissolution—in a first collection from this year's winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. 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 >