Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

FATHERS AND SONS by Ferdowsi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"This is irresistible stuff."
The second installment in Davis's expert three-volume prose selection of episodes from the 11th-century epic poem that comprises a vivid romantic history of Persia up to that time. Read full book review >
NO PASARÁN! by Vittorio Giardino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Stylistically similar to Giardino's previous work, this compelling narrative artfully plays with a question: Who's spying for whom? And the cliff-hanging ending of this first half sustains our interest in the answer."
After the stunning achievement of his Jew in Communist Prague (1997-98), Giardino returns to familiar territory—his ongoing character, Max Friedman, a reluctant spy whose adventures intersect with 20th-century politics across a number of continents. Read full book review >

ON A DARK NIGHT I LEFT MY SILENT HOUSE by Peter Handke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

In the Austrian postmodernist's latest metafiction (My Year in the No-Man's-Bay, 1998, etc.), an unnamed narrator retells a story told to him by a disoriented pharmacist: of marital and familial estrangement, a journey to a remote Alpine location accompanied by a poet and a former champion skier (who may be avatars of the pharmacist's own conflicting traits and impulses), and the reappearances (in strange guises) of seemingly lost loved ones. Read full book review >
ABANDON IN PLACE by Jerry Oltion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"What starts out as a pleasant, nostalgic fable grows steadily less amenable, and the mingling of ghosts, religion, and technology just grates."
Expansion of the Nebula Award-winning story. Read full book review >
LOVE by Péter Nádas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Nádas at his best is a lot better than this."
In this slight 1979 novel by the acclaimed Hungarian author of A Book of Memories (1997), a nameless lover attempts to leave his mistress, smokes dope and glides soporifically out of "the time which I've up to now believed to be reality," and considers the possibility that this amorphous fugue state makes more tolerable the emotional conflicts imposed by the quotidian. Read full book review >

LEFT-HANDED DREAMS by Francesca Duranti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"You may find yourself yawning in the company of Martina Satriano, but you'll want to hear more about Lobster Amoricaine."
The protagonist and narrator of this unfortunately tepid meditative novel is Martina Satriano, an Italian-American academic whose return journey to Rome (after many years away) for her mother's funeral occasions a series of dreamlike reminiscences of her years in both countries, former loves and occupations (in Italy, she had worked as a chef to support her family), and musings about the unlived lives she might have had. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ON MOON LAKE by Francesca Duranti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Ingenious, absorbing, and capped by a terrific surprise ending."
Reissued to accompany Italian novelist Duranti's most recent book (see above), this multiple prizewinner (which first appeared in English translation in 1986) constructs an absorbing psychodrama from its faintly rarefied premise: a translator's surreal experience of the forgotten book and author that he (as it were) resurrects. Read full book review >
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE by Warren Dunford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Fairy-tale breakthroughs to riches and fame, on-the-spot reversals, melodramatic unmaskings, interpolated scenes written as unfailingly good-natured screen dialogue: Dunford provides everything for a sitcom pilot except the laugh track—and the laughs."
Toronto copywriter Dunford's first novel, original published in Canada in 1998, presents the allegedly hilarious misadventures of an aspiring Toronto screenwriter. Read full book review >
ORANGE LAUGHTER by Leone Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Strong and weak, imitative and authentic, by turns."
British author Ross debuts with a Faulkner-like saga of love and hate in a racially divided South—ending it in melodrama staged with blood, tears, and tricks. Read full book review >
PARADISE COUNTY by Karen Robards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Robards does a steamy, creditable job for those who don't mind all those charred bodies."
Robards reprises elements of her successful Ghost Moon (1999): a southern setting, lovers with children, a serial killer, and enough graphic violence to appeal to the Hannibal Lecter fan club. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Cat Got Your Tongue,' co-written with the author's husband, Max Allan Collins (Mourn the Living, 1999, etc.), presents a cat important enough to steal, and in 'Aunt Emma's Defense,' one of two new stories here, an accused killer's freedom depends on a cat she claims is her reincarnated husband."
Felines get all the plum roles in these 11 stories, including 9 reprints (1991-2000) in which cats inherit estates, provoke or prevent dastardly murders, and help solve them, sometimes even after they're dead themselves. Read full book review >
STAY by Mary Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Emily's reason enough to look twice at this sensitive, simmering little gem of a debut."
A young girl shocked into silence by her twin's death traces the summer of 1974, as her family races toward deepening crisis. 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 >