Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

HOPE by Glen Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1998

"Unpleasant and unpersuasive: politically correct prudery mixed with unbridled sex."
A maudlin debut novel by a young Brit about romantic failure, filled with trendy musings on the transgressive (S/M, child abuse, pornography) in contemporary culture. Read full book review >
POWER by Linda Hogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 1998

Before her time, a 16-year-old Native American girl is thrust into adult turmoil as the only witness to the shooting by her best friend of an endangered Florida panther, in Hogan's (Solar Storm, 1995, etc.) latest complex exploration of Native ways and the environment at risk. Read full book review >

HEMINGWAY'S CHAIR by Michael Palin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1998

"The pairing of gentle satire and dead-on description of raw human pain is a bit disconcerting, but in all, Palin offers a lively, if slight, ride to nowhere in particular. (Author tour)"
The Monty Python veteran's debut novel is a slight but engaging oddity: an affectionate portrait of a shy and disappointed man who's obsessed with Ernest Hemingway. Read full book review >
ALWAYS SIX O'CLOCK by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1998

"Noirish whimsy offering a fleshed-out script with every element in place but Hitchcock."
Debut suspense novel offering a sexually frank variation on Robert Nathan's novel Portrait of Jennie, with pleasing results. Read full book review >
CAPRICE AND RONDO by Dorothy Dunnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1998

"Those devoted to this unique series will be relieved to hear that it has not yet reached its conclusion."
The seventh volume (To Lie with Lions, 1996; The Unicorn Hunt, 1994, etc,) chronicling the extraordinary adventures of Nicholas de Fleury, a Machiavellian 15th-century merchant who is, as this hefty installment opens, still locked in battle with greedy, incompetent kings, a shadowy rival trading empire, and his estranged wife, Gelis, one of a very few figures who have been a match for him in terms of wit, passion, and cunning. Read full book review >

IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1998

"The Vatican will not be amused."
A curious and unaccountably redundant seventh novel from the English-French author of, most recently, the prize-winning Daughters of the House (1993). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1998

"Students and nonacademics will find this commendably readable. (Reader's Subscription Book Club selection)"
Editor Fone (English/CUNY) offers what may well be the landmark gay anthology the publisher claims it to be—a volume that, unlike similar collections, includes a broad range of genres. Read full book review >
THE LOVE GERM by Jill Neville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1998

"Tongue-in-cheek turns fill this swift, buoyant little tale of the past whose innocence is almost its undoing, the sexual revolution having since then foundered on a shoal much more savage than the clap."
The late British reviewer and novelist Neville debuts here with a lightly amusing, sweetly romantic remembrance of radical things past: Paris in May 1968, the heady, riotous days when revolution was in the air. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1998

"Subtle, resonant work."
"The mystery of writing," Mason (Feather Crowns, 1993, etc.) notes in the Introduction to this hefty compilation of her short fiction, "is much like diving into the darkness in the middle of the night. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF MY PEOPLE by James Kilgo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1998

"As such, his first novel is a memorable success'sad, vivid, and haunting."
A debut novel of considerable emotional force, by an accomplished essayist (Deep Enough for Ivorybills, 1988). Read full book review >
FREEDOMLAND by Richard Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 1998

"A book that Raymond Chandler or James T. Farrell would have been proud to claim."
Another grimly convincing portrayal of inner-city despair from the multitalented author of such literate powerhouses as Bloodbrothers (1976) and Clockers (1992). Read full book review >
KOOLAIDS by Rabih Alameddine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 1998

"A wildly uneven, but powerful and original portrayal of cultural and sexual displacement, alienation, and—in its admirably gritty way—pride. (Author tour)"
This emotionally charged first novel by a Lebanese-American writer and artist is an impressionistic collage that skillfully juxtaposes its gay protagonists' defiant encounters with AIDS, the embattled recent history of Lebanon during its own civil war and "the Israeli siege of Beirut," and more general permutations of estrangement from society, family, and nation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >