Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1795)

A PARALLEL LIFE by Robin Beeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 1992

"The collection itself seems to be a step in a long grieving process, but there's enough offbeat comedy and touching reminiscence here to avoid lugubriousness."
A debut collection of ten stories, including the title novella: sparse yet vivid fictions dealing mostly with end-moves following diagnoses of cancer, or with other steps in the grieving process. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 1992

"Lear subordinates depth and plot to style, which might work if the style were not by now so familiar."
Eight short stories that strain after the colloquial in familiar ways: occasional sparkle and one gem in a mostly uninspired debut. Read full book review >

FASHION SHOW by James Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 1992

"Silly fiction—for those who prefer their Coco, Ivana, and Calvin hot and spicy."
Another mildly entertaining haute-fashion farce by Brady (The Coldest War, 1990; Designs, 1986, etc.)—this one featuring the chatty Mr. Bingo Marsh, fashion-magazine publishing phenomenon and social butterfly extraordinaire, and the respectful Ohio journalist who falls into his clutches. Read full book review >
SEASON'S END by Tom Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 1992

"Passionate, entertaining, and refreshingly confident."
Grimes's second novel—the spirited tale of a rookie player fighting to survive in the complex world of professional baseball- -picks up where his first, A Stone of the Heart (1990), left off in evoking the bleak choices facing the previous generation of middle- class America and its children's mad desire to get away. Read full book review >
A SPRING LIKE ANY OTHER by Takashi Tsujii
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"A distinctive debut."
A sensitive portrait of the man who has everything and nothing, from the pseudonymous prize-winning Japanese author Tsujii—a tale enriched by the insights gained from the writer's other career as founder and CEO of a giant conglomerate, which includes the Inter-Continental Hotel chain. Read full book review >

LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD by Randall Kenan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"A wildly uneven but always original portrait of a southern community—and a stimulating collection of tales by a courageous and humorous author."
Kenan follows his first novel (Visitation of the Spirits, 1989) with a captivating, baroque history of fictional Tims Creek, North Carolina, whose citizens—both black and white—have experienced more than their share of unearthly wonders. Read full book review >
THE SHRINE AT ALTAMIRA by John L’Heureux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Despite the banal notions and bland prose, the incendiary subject makes this novel both painful and poignant."
The latest by the author of An Honorable Profession (1991), etc., takes its cue from the most gruesome of headlines—the sort of story that forces us to contemplate the nature of evil. Read full book review >
PARADISE NEWS by David Lodge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Narrative tricks aside, Lodge's Catholicism and his gimlet eye make him the true heir of Evelyn Waugh."
Lodge combines his past fictional interests in Catholicism (The British Museum is Falling Down, etc.) and social satire (Nice Work, etc.) to produce this always engaging and clever tale of innocents abroad. Read full book review >
CHAPEL STREET by Sam North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Talented, but flawed."
An ambitious novel from British writer North (209 Thriller Road, 1980), winner of the 1990 Somerset Maugham Award for fiction, takes the formulaic theme of disparate characters arbitrarily gathered together and turns it into a dark metaphor for our times. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"An affectionate but shapeless character sketch, lacking both the revelatory punch of exposÇ and the insight and interest of a developed novel."
Charters (Louisiana Black, 1986; Jelly Roll Morton's Last Night at the Jungle Inn, 1983, etc.) creates an imaginary phone conversation between a young, newly famous Elvis and his adored mother, after the notorious appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in which Elvis got his convention-shaking pelvis chopped off. ``Now, Momma, you got to understand I didn't have no idea what all those camera people were doing when the show went out over the air.'' So begins a lulling nightlong conversation between the boy who would be King and his insomniac, famously overattached mama Gladys. Read full book review >
I LIKE IT BETTER NOW by James B. Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Despite some implausibilities and flat spots: a jazzy aria redolent of life in contemporary America."
Fifteen stories from Hall (Music from a Broken Piano, 1983, etc.)—gritty, hard-luck pieces about disappointment told in a variety of voices. Read full book review >
TRIAL BY FIRE by Harold Coyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"It's a sensible and worthwhile compromise."
Hypothetical-war specialist Coyle (Bright Star, 1990; Sword Point, 1988) takes his recurring cast of characters to the Mexican border, where a coup d`Çtat to the south and the usual political bungling to the north make armed conflict inevitable. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >