Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

THERAPY by Steven Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Some moments of beautiful gravity, but occasional false notes as well."
A first novel about a therapist and his patients tenuously mixes psychodrama and romance. Read full book review >
RENNIE'S WAY by Verna Mae Slone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Very good tidbits—local history, heartache, and humor—held too close to the vest."
A semieducated girl raises her baby sister in the hills of Appalachia in the first third of this century—and tells us about it, very plainly. Read full book review >

DEAR DEAD PERSON by Benjamin Weissman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A blood-and-guts account of the real American Dream."
Weissman gathers all that is ugly, vulgar, obscene, scary, disgusting, dangerous, sick, tragic, and sad to create a debut collection that offers a refreshing, nauseating, hilarious, deranged take on human nature. Read full book review >
ONCE I LIVED by Natascha Wodin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A lyrical, promising, but wholly unsatisfactory effort by a writer whose subsequent work bears watching."
The protagonist of this novel (winner of 1989 Brothers Grimm Prize in Germany) parallels so many aspects of the author's life that it's difficult to escape autobiographical references: The unnamed narrator was born in Russia and transported to Germany in the 1940s, whereas the German-born Wodin spent many years in Russia. Read full book review >
MY SWEET UNTRACEABLE YOU by Sandra Scoppettone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Competent mystery-mongering keeps Scoppettone's wide-eyed view of the Big Apple as a pansexual global village—Frank Capra for the '90s—largely, and appropriately, off to the side in her most satisfying case yet."
Lesbian PI Lauren Laurano's making only her third appearance, and already they're making a movie of her second case (chronicled in Scoppettone's I'll Be Leaving You Always, 1993) outside her Greenwich Village apartment. Read full book review >

FEMALE SUPERIOR POSITION by Susan Crain Bakos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Only the crime writing needs a serious goose."
Who better to write a comic whodunit about an erotic advice columnist for a men's magazine than Bakos, former writer of Penthouse magazine's notorious Forum letters column? Read full book review >
THE MUTINY RUN by Frank Eccles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Myopic nautical adventure for initiates only; bring your own glossary."
There's mayhem on the high seas and on the waters of the Thames in British naval historian Eccles's novel; fires, floods, fistfights, and French bullets are easier to overcome than pesky rebels stopping up London's lifeline. Read full book review >
THE SPECTACLE OF THE BODY by Noy Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"An intriguing new voice, at the moment a little too enamored of showy cadenzas and neglectful of basic melody."
Holland (Writing/Univ. of Florida) uses a fluttery and potent style in this debut collection of short stories, but she often indulges in excesses of imagery and language. Read full book review >
SILK HOPE, NC by Lawrence Naumoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Now a wittier moralist with a stronger story, Naumoff has his one unreconstructed chauvinist pig bested by a real pig, Frannie's pet sow, while keeping the spotlight on Frannie's moving transformation from a waif into a woman."
Naumoff is an interesting combination: a progressive champion of women's rights and a conservative wedded to the land and fearful of development. Read full book review >
THE SONGS OF SALANDRA by H. Arlo Nimmo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A fascinating journey to another culture, place, and time."
Nimmo weaves together an autobiographical tale based on his years as an anthropologist among the boat-dwelling Bajau people of the Sulu archipelago in the southern Philippines. Read full book review >
NOBODY NOTHING NEVER by Juan José Saer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Here, alas, he conveys only murk."
More challenging fiction from the gifted author of The Witness (not reviewed). Read full book review >
CASHBOX by Richard S. Wheeler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A vivid portrait of the life and death of a frontier town, but its citizens never become more than standard genre characters."
The author of the paperback series Skye's West brings a small Montana mining town to life and tells the story of its citizens' pursuit of their dreams. ``Cashbox. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >