Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1759)

MIDNIGHT LOUIE'S PET DETECTIVES by Carole Nelson Douglas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives ($23.95; Oct.; 352 pp.; 0-312-86435-3): Douglas's outspoken cat Midnight Louie (Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt, p. 852, etc.) co-edits a collection of 17 mysteries whose dramatis personae include cats (Jan Grape, Carolyn Wheat, Lisa Lepovetsky, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, editor Douglas, and, in the collection's only reprint, Lilian Jackson Braun), dogs (Anne Perry, Dorothy Cannell, Bill Crider, J.A. Jance), raccoons, hamsters, birds, elephants, and a Tasmanian devil—all sandwiched between Lawrence Treat's suggestion that the MWA Edgars be divided into Cat and Non-Cat categories and Douglas's explanation of why anybody who doesn't like animal mysteries is a few whiskers short of a puss. Read full book review >
HUNGER by Lan Samantha Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The debut of a writer possessing a distinctive, fresh imagination and voice. (Author tour)"
A wonderfully written debut collection focusing on Chinese immigrants to America and the troubled lives of their children. Read full book review >

THE SANDGLASS by Romesh Gunesekera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Elegiac in mood and rich in evocations of character and setting, a novel that gracefully limns the origins of a domestic—and national—tragedy."
A beautifully crafted second novel from Booker finalist and Sri Lankan—born Gunesekera (Reef, 1995) tells of two warring families in contemporary Sri Lanka. Read full book review >
WHEN ANGELS REST by Donald Harington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Stay More remains an intermittently pleasant place to visit, but it never seems fully real, and you can't imagine yourself, or anyone else, actually living there."
The newest installment in Harington's ongoing chronicle of the Arkansas Ozark community of Stay More (The Choiring of the Trees, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
COLD IN EARTH by Melissa Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Still, on balance, a remarkably well-done first effort."
Cot death, they called it, when two-month-old Beth Warren died, but in this bleak, near-brilliant first novel, it soon becomes appallingly clear that they called it wrong. Read full book review >

A BITTER FEAST by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"If you still don't know Lydia and Bill, you'll never have a better chance to meet them. (Author tour)"
Chi-Chun Ho, an organizer for the restaurant workers whom Lydia Chin's old friend Peter Lee is trying to unionize, has disappeared from his apartment, and so have all three of his roommates, two other waiters and a busboy at the Dragon Garden, the Chinatown landmark owned by the powerful (and union-phobic) H.B. Yang. Read full book review >
BODY LANGUAGE by James W. Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"A double-barreled actioner set apart from the pack by Hall's virtuoso control of tone, which can shift you from giggles to gasps with a single well-trimmed phrase. ($200,00 ad/promo; author tour)"
Key West chronicler Hall gives rugged adventurer Dick Thorn (Red Sky at Night, 1997, etc.) a well-earned rest as the author heads north to Miami to follow the fortunes of a police photographer, a lethal serial rapist, and two very large bags full of money. Read full book review >
WATERMELON NIGHTS by Greg Sarris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Despite a pace that sometimes dawdles, Sarris's vigorous prose and robust characters make for a distinctive work, marking the debut of a singularly talented novelist. (Author tour)"
An ambitious, meticulously detailed story about modern Native American life, focusing on the struggle of a small, disenfranchised tribe in modern-day California to reclaim its heritage and identity. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Each piece of Jhabvala's worldly mosaic offers precise, subtle views of people who are trying to make the best of their lives: their essential humanity remains compelling—even if their circumstances sometimes seem too much alike."
From Booker-winner Jhabvala (Shards of Memory, 1995, etc.) comes fourteen compressed stories (five published previously), mostly set in New Delhi or New York, in which themes of rivalry, family discord, and loyalty at odds with convention are explored with consummate grace and skill. Read full book review >
ONCE AGAIN FOR THUCYDIDES by Peter Handke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 1998

"A very pleasing little book, which shows a refreshingly different side of a writer often pigeonholed as an austere intellectual."
Once Again For Thucydides ($18.95; Sept. 29; 96 pp.; 0-8112-1388-9): Ten very slightly fictionalized (and beautifully translated) essays gathering together observations made during their narrator's (and author's) travels through Europe and the Orient in the late 1980s. Read full book review >
NEW LOTS by John Clarkson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

"Hard-driving realism."
Thrillingly complex drug-war novel set in Brooklyn's Brownsville section, with steel-edged dialogue, and intensively researched by Clarkson (And Justice for One, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
MODEL BEHAVIOR by Jay McInerney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 1998

"Droll, sharp-edged fun."
A mordantly funny portrait of the incestuous, fame-addled worlds of publishing and celebrity journalism, as viewed through the eyes of a frantinally lovelorn writer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >