Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1759)

TWICE BURIED by Steven Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1994

"But Bill and his hardscrabble neighbors—especially Estelle, who seems destined for a return to Posadas next time—are as modestly appealing as ever, and in his third outing, he does his best detective work yet."
What connection could there be between the ``accidental'' death in her own basement of long-retired schoolmarm Anna Hocking and equally ancient Reuben Fuentes's paranoid rumblings about the people who poisoned his dogs? Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1994

"Devotees will be too grateful to complain about its absence, or about the inevitable unevenness of the assembled works—nor will they be foolish enough to devour this sumptuous feast in a single sitting."
A three-scoop helping of Holmesiana ranging from reprints of classic parodies by Bret Harte and O. Henry to evergreen pastiches by Vincent Starrett, August Derleth, and Stuart Palmer to new stories by Jon Koons, Roberta Rogow, and Carole BuggÇ (whose ``Adventure of the Tongue-Tied Tenor'' is a particular standout). Read full book review >

QUARANTINE by Juan Goytisolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1994

"Goytisolo's fans, however, should be pleased by this unique meditation on death and the creative process by a distinctly original voice."
Spanish experimental novelist Goytisolo (Landscapes After the Battle, 1987, etc.), the author of a two-volume memoir (Realms of Strife, 1990, and Forbidden Territory, 1988), explores the 40-day journey that souls, according to Islam, take from the moment of death to their final resting place and reflects on the creative writing process. Read full book review >
THE COMPLETE BUTCHER'S TALES by Rikki Ducornet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1994

"With their relentless emphasis on the bizarre, the nasty, and the surreal, tales that provoke and disturb—but generally remain little more than cleverly executed curiosities."
From illustrator-author Ducornet (The Jade Cabinet, 1993, etc.), nearly 60 stories, some previously published—Iowa Review, Canadian Fiction Magazine, etc.—that resemble a vitrine stuffed with curiosities, grotesqueries, and erotic paraphernalia. Read full book review >
THE BIRTHDAY BOYS by Beryl Bainbridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1994

"A triumph of sympathetic imagination."
In her 14th work of fiction, Bainbridge (An Awfully Big Adventure, 1991, etc.) reconstructs that most poignant of ill-fated journeys, Scott's 1912 South Pole expedition, in the voices of the five explorers who reached the Pole and died soon afterwards. Read full book review >

DISSOCIATED STATES by Leonard Simon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1994

"Simon (The Irving Solution, Reborn) steers his tiny cast through a dozen creepy twists that'll make your flesh crawl without threatening to linger in your mind—and enough Oedipal fantasies for a psychoanalysts' convention."
New York psychiatrist Jacob Silver is treating a stockbroker for disabling headaches; across town, his wife Claire Baxter, also a psychiatrist, is seeing a gifted sculptor with memory loss. Read full book review >
BRITTLE INNINGS by Michael Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1994

"Resonantly evocative of time and place, with a splendid gallery of characters in a beautifully reticulated plot."
From the author of such noted works as Unicorn Mountain (1988), No Enemy But Time (1982), and others comes this remarkable novel, set in 1943, inspired by bush-league baseball and—it sounds incongruous, but Bishop pulls it off brilliantly—literature's most famous monster. Read full book review >
IT DOES NOT DIE by Maitreyi Devi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1994

"An engaging story from a talented and skillful poet, philosopher, and storyteller having her say about the tangled threads of passion and memory."
Turnabout is fair play. Read full book review >
THE LOST AND THE FOUND: AND OTHER STORIES by Anne Marsella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1994

"May Marsella take on the novel."
This first book, a story collection showing immense mastery of character, dialect, and narrative, won the 1993 Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. Read full book review >
THE ARMSTRONG TRILOGY by Roy Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1994

"The result is harrowing in its simplicity and cumulative force."
A spare, bleak saga of two generations in the life of a Guyanese family struggling for respectability but unable to snatch any but the most fleeting moments of happiness. Read full book review >
WATER by Sue Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1994

"Despite some moving scenes and fine writing, the water imagery becomes tedious and virtually drowns a potentially fine novel."
An uneven second novel by British author Thomas (Correspondence, 1993), about a mother and teenage daughter trying to come to terms with men and each other. Read full book review >
RIVER OF HIDDEN DREAMS by Connie May Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1994

"And while she occasionally leaves little to a reader's own imagination, Fowler's lyrical writing and vivid, poignant portraits surmount her overstatements in this memorable book."
Fowler (Sugar Cage, 1992) returns to the wilds of Florida in her second novel, using cleverly alternating viewpoints (evident at many section breaks) to weave the lives of three generations of women into a tender and wistful story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >