Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

THE GYPSY STORYTELLER by Thomas William Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1993

"A good read, with a few surprises: Simpson seems to be getting the hang of it."
In his second novel, Simpson (This Way Madness Lies, 1991) ventures afield from suburban New Jersey into a world of blood- lusts and revenge that spans two generations and several continents. Read full book review >
THE JADE CABINET by Rikki Ducornet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1993

"Too clever by half."
The fourth and final installment in a ``Tetralogy of Elements'' (The Fountains of Neptune, etc.), in which novelist and illustrator Ducornet ``investigates the processes of fabulating, creating and remembering.'' Air is the element investigated in this last volume, which like its predecessors is filled with allusions, some obvious, some not; actual and imagined characters; and a story that's more a series of disparate set-pieces than a concentrated narrative. Read full book review >

THE DIVIDING LINE by Richard Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1993

"Not that Tony Hillerman has any cause for alarm."
Parrish shelves the moral ambiguities of Our Choice of Gods (1989) for strenuously unsophisticated melodrama—in a fashionably multicultural mystery introducing Joshua Rabb (a transplanted Brighton Beach lawyer who lost his wife to a car crash and his left arm to WW II) of the Tucson Bureau of Indian Affairs. Read full book review >
ON MERMAID AVENUE by Binnie Kirshenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 1993

"Frivolous fiction, East Village-style."
Two young women meet in college, pal around in N.Y.C, and sleep with a lot of guys—in this very slight, fey, sentimental imitation of Tama Janowitz and/or Anita Loos: a first adult novel by the author of Short Subject (a 1989 YA book) and the story collection Married Life and Other True Adventures (1990). Read full book review >
THE MARRIAGE OF CADMUS AND HARMONY by Roberto Calasso
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1993

"A remarkable feat."
A stunning journey back to ancient Greece with Italian author Calasso, who, in a first US publication, takes apart the old myths to discover the birth of history and modern thinking amid timeless patterns of behavior. Read full book review >

THE IMPORTANCE OF HIGH PLACES by Joanna Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 1993

"A memorable experience, and a writer to watch."
Fascinating tales of spiritual transcendence in generally humble surroundings—in this first story collection (and one novella) by a Polish-American children's author. Read full book review >
GREEN GRASS, RUNNING WATER by Thomas King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 1993

"Eloquent and outrageous: a richly rewarding saga from a first- rate talent."
Following his successful debut novel Medicine River (1990), part-Cherokee author King (Native American Studies/Univ. of Minnesota) returns with a lively, engagingly loopy tale of modern Indians in Canada who are struggling to find their identity while still fighting white oppression. Read full book review >
WINTER RULES by Barry Cork
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1993

"Fun, but less than Cork's best."
The latest in the sprightly series (Laid Dead, 1991, etc.) about London's golfer-novelist-car-freak Inspector Angus Straun finds Angus being pressed into service by Special Branch. Read full book review >
A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1993

"Re-creating the fullness of history with its wealth of human faces and failings, this is a lively, engrossing tale of power, glory, and despair."
British novelist Mantel weighs in with her American debut: a massively impressive, painstakingly detailed saga of the French Revolution as its leaders lived it. Read full book review >
THE SHIPPING NEWS by E. Annie Proulx
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1993

"Proulx does okay by Newfoundland (though she won't help tourism any), but Quoyle, the poor turkey, is a fatal self- inflicted wound."
Life was hard for Proulx's people in Heart Songs (1988) and Postcards (1991), and it's no easier for them in this dreary second novel, as they battle the elements (and their private demons) in Newfoundland. Read full book review >
WHAT REMAINS by Christa Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

Ten years' worth of stories by (formerly East) German writer Wolf (Accident, 1989; No Place on Earth, 1982; etc.), with the title novella being of most interest: a woman writer is being followed closely by secret police, with her own internal censor in full gear as well. Read full book review >
CUT TO THE QUICK by Kate Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Whodunit is only the climactic revelation in a tale that crackles with contemporary tension."
Cambridgeshire, 1824. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >