Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

WAITING FOR LINDSAY by Moira Forsyth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Despite clumsy foreshadowing, a sensitive take of defining family ties forged in childhood by tragedy."
Scottish first-novelist Forsyth depicts four adults blighted by a childhood catastrophe who later, in middle age, find things falling apart once again. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Not to be missed."
A rich, inventively written collection. Read full book review >

A MAN AND A WOMAN AND A MAN by Savyon Liebrecht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A major voice in Israeli fiction is emerging here."
Debut novel by an author who's already established herself as one of Israel's finest writers. Read full book review >
ABOUT THE AUTHOR by John Colapinto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"The ending limps, but only after a sensational run."
A young New York writer (no—keep reading: it's actually good) capitalizes on the talent of his late roommate and hits it big. For a while. Read full book review >
FAIRNESS by Ferdinand Mount
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Fairness rambles, but hits most of its targets dead-on. One wishes the entire Chronicle were available here, and suspects this appealingly shaggy tale may look even better when read in its rightful context."
An eloquent comic picture of Stately Old England in precipitous economic and moral decline—a picture that emerges gradually from the episodic momentum of this ambitious novel by the British author (and former TLS editor) best known here for his colorful historical pastiche Jem (and Sam) (1999). Read full book review >

THE PARTNERSHIP by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Rich with lush language, but perilously lacking plot or tension."
A first US appearance for this 1966 debut novel by Booker Prize-winning Unsworth (Sacred Hunger, 1992), notable primarily for what it promises. Read full book review >
THE WILD CARD by Mark Joseph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Lots of monosyllabic checking and folding, but not much genuine tension here. Readers with some knowledge of poker and its canny ways may appreciate Joseph's (Deadline Y2K, 1999, etc.) putative drama more fully."
Hard-bitten, chain-smoking, sweat-trickling poker players resolve their guilt about a 30-year-old murder like men—at the poker table, where jokers are wild and literary subtlety vanishes quicker than a cigarette docked untouched at the ashtray. Read full book review >
THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Fancy runs wondrously amok here."
In his strong anthology of last year's best SF, editor Dozois leads with a dizzyingly well-done tale that at first seems clogged with excess detail, until you realize that the story is in the detail. Read full book review >
THE WOLF HUNT by Gillian Bradshaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"The usual Bradshaw: simple plot, good narration, and nice period coloring."
The latest historical from Cambridge classicist Bradshaw (The Wrong Reflection, 2000, etc.) takes us into the courts of medieval France during the time of the Crusades. Read full book review >
LAST CHANCE SALOON by Marian Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"No surprises, but a pleasant read."
In the Bridget Jones tradition, young singles in London conquer self-esteem problems before finding true love: a witty if predictable fourth novel from Keyes (Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, 1999 etc.). Read full book review >
GROUCHO MARX AND THE BROADWAY MURDERS by Ron Goulart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Like its three predecessors (Elementary, My Dear Groucho, 1999, etc.): silly, slight, good-natured slapstick that suggests the whodunit hasn't forgotten or learned a thing since 1939."
As the Super Chief chugs out of Union Station, ex-crime reporter and Groucho Marx scriptwriter Frank Denby and his wisecracking wife Jane, originator of the sassy Hollywood comic strip Molly, who are headed to New York to turn the strip into a radio series, are startled to find Groucho also aboard, guitar in hand, warbling "Lydia the Tattooed Lady." Read full book review >
STARLIGHT 3 by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Editor Hayden (Starlight 2, 1999, etc.) deserves a medal: there hasn't been an original anthology series so consistently satisfying since Damon Knight's Orbit."
Superior collection of 16 quirky, highly imaginative speculative short fictions, ranging from comic fantasy to hard science. 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 >