Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

THE KINGFISHER’S CALL by John Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Muscular and intricate, but marred by some facile plot turns and a too tidy wrap-up."
Love and honor survive the CIA, the FBI, the White House, and a threatened coup in China, lending warmth to a conventional thriller by the author of . Read full book review >
ALL LOVES EXCELLING by Josiah III Bunting
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

The former headmaster of an expensive prep school tells of an underachieving teenager forced into an expensive prep school by her ambitious mother. Read full book review >

THE LAST CHAPTER by Leila Abouzeid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"It needed our souls as well') in which Abouzeid's agenda stifles her narrative."
An awfully earnest coming-of-age novel from the Moroccan author (who writes in Arabic) of The Year of the Elephant (1989). Read full book review >
THE HORNED MAN by James Lasdun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Somewhat slow in setting his scenes, Lasdun nonetheless creates a vivid and terrifying account that gains intensity from momentum—and ultimately proves quite surprising in its denouement."
An intricate thriller about a college professor pursued by an unknown enemy, in a well-crafted debut novel from poet and short-story writer Lasdun (Three Evenings, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
A NURSE’S STORY by Peter Baida
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"In Baida's somber world, ordinary people struggle with the complex absurdities of urban life and generally lose—but with an odd grace, thanks to his thoughtful writing."
Ironic tales of life's limitations by a writer who died, at age 49, just a few months after the title story took first prize in the 1999 O. Henry Awards. Read full book review >

THE BINDING OATH by Sybil Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Stilted language and a tendency to treat the most sensational plot developments with the brio usually reserved for section headings in doctoral dissertations: a ho-hum debut."
Downing, the co-founder of Women Writing the West and co-author of Crown of Life: The Story of Mary Roberts Rinehart (1992), tries her hand at fiction with iffy results. Read full book review >
SONG OF THE AXE by John R. Dann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Impressive research lends flintiness to a work that holds up well indeed to Jean Auel's Earth's Children trilogy."
Is there any shaman-reviewer with magic strong enough to lay claws on this first novel about Hell Beast and Ka, Kane and Eran, Agon and Eena and Sagon and Elina—figures whose spirit-song whistles through an epic set 30,000 years ago, when all existence was a snake pit of souls writhing in rock and water, axe and lightning bolt? Read full book review >
MAN AND BOY by Tony Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

Parsons's first novel, a bestseller in his native England, is the unabashedly sentimental tale of a carefree husband suddenly thrust into single parenthood. Read full book review >
HIS CURRENT WOMAN by Jerzy Pilch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Sheer entertainment."
A comic allegory about the impossibility of attaining complete freedom arises gracefully from the agreeable muddle of this 1995 novel—by a popular Polish writer who has a bit of the early Milan Kundera in him. Read full book review >
FINAL ROUND by William Bernhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Golfers, though, will respond with enthusiasm to Bernhardt's loving evocation of the Master's."
Bernhardt leaves the courtroom battles of Tulsa lawyer Ben Kincaid (Murder One, 2001, etc.) behind—or does he?—for a murderous tour of the Master's Tournament in faraway Augusta, Georgia. Read full book review >
LIFE IN THE DAMN TROPICS by David Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"With echoes of Mordecai Richler's antiheroic tales of urban Jewish life, Unger's downbeat exploration suggests that though success at the price of collaboration with evil is no success, when you meet the love of your life, you might as well live."
Despairing debut about the Jewish experience in 20th-century Central America that, though enlivened by innocent eroticism and comic absurdity, finds little to love in a sunny fool's paradise. Read full book review >
BEAR ME SAFELY OVER by Sheri Joseph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Many small tales, nicely wrought, fail to assume a larger cohesion."
National Magazine Award-nominee Joseph's first novel, through a murky plethora of viewpoints, finds a way to tell about a couple of clans of Greene County, Georgia, young people battling more or less successfully for love. 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 >