Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1759)

ANTONIO’S WIFE by Jacqueline DeJohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"A melodramatic debut novel with as many twists and turns as an opera libretto."
An Italian diva searches for her long-lost daughter, now rumored to be in America. Read full book review >
THE ANNUNCIATION OF FRANCESCA DUNN by Janis Hallowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Though her story and characters are both sometimes labored and her writing stilted, there's a lot to admire in the complexity of the issues Hallowell raises—and in her lack of easy answers."
Ambitious first novel examines the power of faith—and its dangers. Read full book review >

WHAT A GIRL WANTS by Liz Maverick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Mean-spirited characters and elaborately snotty prose don't do much for this lifeless first outing. (Note to those who think chick-lit books are interchangeable: the stock cover photo of four towel-clad women is the same one used for The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue, p. 1336)."
Job: bad. Love life: dead. Cubicle neighbor: also dead. Read full book review >
THE PRISONER OF VANDAM STREET by Kinky Friedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Not only is there less mystery than in any of Kinky's first 15 cases—no mean feat—but the solution explains nothing, not even how Kinky came down with a malady that simply extends his trademark non sequiturs to chapter length."
Immured in his scruffy digs at 199B Vandam Street, Kinky Friedman, the world's most unfocused private eye, finds himself cast in a riotous, blasphemous, politically incorrect version of Rear Window. Read full book review >
AN UNPARDONABLE CRIME by Andrew Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Taylor's creamy prose falters only in one of those mind-numbing wrap-ups that make Conan Doyle a chore."
Ten-year-old Edgar Allan Poe finds criminal doings among arrivistes and aristos in Regency England. Read full book review >

AMBROSE BIERCE AND THE TREY OF PEARLS by Oakley Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"A lively period romp with particularly good work by Bierce and Tom en route to a surprising solution."
The course of women's votes never runs smooth in this fourth case for the peerlessly cynical San Francisco Examiner columnist (Ambrose Bierce and the One-Eyed Jacks, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
A PASSIONATE GIRL by Thomas Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Brings to life a little-known episode of US history, briskly narrated with wit and real suspense."
Fascinating new page-turner from Fleming (Conquerers of the Sky, 2003, etc.), following the adventures of an Irish lass who runs away to America in 1865 and tries to help the Fenians conquer Canada. Read full book review >
LITTLE CHILDREN by Tom Perrotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"An accomplished comic novelist extends his range brilliantly. Perrotta's best."
Several unstable marriages and a convicted pedophile's presence in a quiet suburban community ignite a complex, fast-moving plot. Read full book review >
MOURNING RUBY by Helen Dunmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"The layered narrative somewhat muffles the impact of Rebecca's emotional death and rebirth, but Dunmore's eighth novel still offers plenty of incidental pleasures."
Award-winning British novelist Dunmore (Ice Cream, 2003, etc.) tracks the rollercoaster ride of a young woman from nothingness to identity, a journey she is fated to repeat. Read full book review >
THE MAZE by Panos Karnezis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"A splendidly realized account of fate and circumstance, richly narrated with a good ear for the music of history and character alike."
First-novelist Karnezis (stories: Little Infamies, Feb. 2003) works out a nice improvisation on the classic Homeric themes of exile and cunning—here, as played out in the aftermath of the disastrous 1922 Anatolian war. Read full book review >
HAVOC AFTER DARK by Robert Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Pleasing expedition into the moon-mad world of the supernatural."
A first-time fiction author brings an African-American sensibility to the whites-mostly field of horror in these 14 strongly plotted stories. Read full book review >
CODEX by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Sophisticated, scholarly fun and games."
Computer games, medieval texts, a corrupt duchess, and library arcana derail a young investment banker from the fast track. 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 >