Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

ECSTASY by Sudhir Kakar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2002

"Hazy and unrewarding."
From India, Kakir's second (The Ascetic of Desire, 2000, not reviewed) tells turgidly of a young Brahmin's growth into a guru.Read full book review >
DEAD MIDNIGHT by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2002

"Typical middling work from veteran Muller (Listen to the Silence, 2000, etc.): a tale that unfolds so rapidly that it's over before you can complain it's the mystery equivalent of fast food."
Feeling despondent over her brother Joey's suicide and guilty that she didn't know him well enough to thwart it, Sharon McCone, San Francisco's female Lew Archer wannabe, is reluctant to handle an investigation into another suicide. Read full book review >

MARTIN SLOANE by Michael Redhill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2002

"From a promising young Canadian writer, a failed effort that says everything quite well but may not interest many."
A college girl's romance with an older artist turns into a serious relationship and then a mystery—after he disappears without a trace. Read full book review >
RIVER THIEVES by Michael Crummey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2002

"There's a literary renaissance underway just north of us, and Crummey's quite literally astonishing debut novel is one of the brightest jewels in its crown."
A little-known historical atrocity—the extinction of the Beothuk ("Red") Indians of central Newfoundland—becomes an authentic tragedy in this brilliantly constructed, immensely moving debut novel by an award-winning Canadian poet and short-story writer. Read full book review >
NOBLE NORFLEET by Reynolds Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

"An ultimately unknowable hero in extreme and hopeless situations makes a tough read for non-pessimists."
A modern master takes a gloomy look at the damage wrought by mental illness. Read full book review >

NECTAR by Lily Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

"With violins playing and Chianti flowing, a goofy commedia dell'arte."
After the gloppy novel-cum-cookbook La Cucina (2000), British author Prior continues to mine hackneyed peasant lore in a fairy tale about an unlovely albino servant girl with a peculiar, alluring odor—but also with vanity that eventually dooms her. Read full book review >
THE SOLACE OF LEAVING EARLY by Haven Kimmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

Several quests for religious certainty and personal fulfillment intersect melodramatically in this overwrought debut novel from the Indiana author of the memoir A Girl Named Zippy (2001). Read full book review >
ONE HOT SUMMER by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

"Miami and its Cuban elite deserve better than two-dimensional characters with bad taste in expensive clothes, cars, and home decor."
After five mysteries, Garcia-Aguilera (Bitter Sugar, 2001, etc.) offers a tawdry romantic comedy about family and adultery among the upper echelons of Miami's expatriate Cuban community. Read full book review >
ANGEL ROCK by Darren Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

"Another in the growing list of intriguing and accomplished novels from Down Under, and a welcome US debut."
The disappearance of a four-year-old boy in the menacing bush country is the catalyst for this engrossing melodrama—its author's second novel, and winner of the Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Read full book review >
PASSING STRANGE by Sally MacLeod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

"Difficult to take seriously, despite MacLeod's obviously serious intentions."
Prejudice against unattractive women is equated with racism, in a self-important first novel about a young woman whose cosmetic surgery dramatically alters her life. Read full book review >
ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by Robert Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2002

"Been out of the closet, read that."
Texas thugs murder a gay man's lover: a tepid, soap-operatic tale Read full book review >
ICELAND by Jim Krusoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2002

"Readers will concur."
The love of a passive typewriter repairman for a young woman who works in an organ pool (don't ask) precipitates even more bizarre misadventures in this weird Bildungsroman by the California author of the story collection Blood Lake (not reviewed). 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 >