Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1795)

THE INVENTION OF TRUTH by Marta Morazzoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"A subtle, evanescent, often lovely poetic inventiveness that's learned and deft—but also inescapably tiny, spare, and slight."
From Morazzoni (Girl in a Turban, 1988), a slim novella made up of two fictionalized bits of history intertwined like the ivy 'round the rose. Read full book review >
REPLACING DAD by Shelley Fraser Mickle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Mickle doesn't entirely avoid sentimentality here—but she does zero in on the complexities of day-to-day survival and seasonal change to chronicle the way a family resuscitates itself."
From second-novelist Mickle (The Queen of October, 1989): an engaging, sweet-natured account of a Florida family's survival in the wake of a father's desertion. Read full book review >

PIECES OF THE HEART by Gary Soto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Soto contributes a graceful and affectionate introduction."
Poet and YA author Soto rounds up the usual suspects—along with some impressive new voices—in what may be the best Chicano short fiction anthology to date. Read full book review >
THE TWELFTH ANGEL by Og Mandino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Another positive-thinking parable from the master of autosuggested business and personal success."
The heartbroken head of a multizillion-dollar corporation finds peace of mind, thanks to the world-class spunk of a gutsy-but-doomed, freckle-faced, Little Leaguer. Read full book review >
DR. HAGGARD'S DISEASE by Patrick McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"An unbearably memorable ending lifts this to classic level while the thin bright nerves of the storyline are padded with magnificent surgical detail, hospital lore, and moods you can rub your finger down."
McGrath carries on his winning streak in the short horror novel form (Spider, 1990; The Grotesque, 1989; Blood and Water and Other Tales, 1987). Dr. Haggard's disease is sexual passion, and the story of its ravages is told in flashback as the crippled hero pieces it out to the heroine's son James, an RAF pilot. Read full book review >

SAVE ME, JOE LOUIS by Madison Smartt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Readers would do better to turn to Richard Price's Clockers, and Bell would be better served if he stayed with shorter forms, where the need to compress and shape allows his considerable talent to shine."
Self-indulgent underbelly-of-life saga about two small-time crooks who weave their way from New York to Baltimore to the South before blowing each other away. Read full book review >
FLAMES OF HEAVEN by Ralph Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"The scenery, including trips to Samarkand and Tashkent, is not to be missed."
The circle of friends and relations surrounding a talented, immensely cynical, half-Russian artist cope in their various ways with the terrifying breakup of the Communist order in the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
COCK AND BULL by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Definitely not for the squeamish. (First printing of 22,500)"
Two eerily fascinating, original novellas, delving into a nightmarish world of sexual ambiguity and moral ambivalence, from British writer Self. Read full book review >
VINDICATION by Frances Sherwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"A persuasive interpretation, but Mary's extraordinary life is often overwhelmed by the relentless inclusion of historical data extraneous to a celebration of the imagination."
A first novel from Sherwood (the collection Everything You've Heard is True, 1989) that mines with varying success a current favorite literary lode—the Shelley/Godwin mÇnage. Read full book review >
THE AFTERLIFE OF GEORGE CARTWRIGHT by John Steffler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Based in part on Cartwright's Journal, a keen, richly hued, and utterly enchanting imaginative reconstruction of a life."
George Cartwright—a little-known 18th-century explorer, trapper, and author of A Journal of Transactions and Events During a Residency of Nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador—died of old age at home in England in May 1819. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN STORIES AND THIRTEEN EPITAPHS by William T. Vollmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Energetic and witty if unfocused—but, still, this shows the prodigious talent that has been better realized in earlier work."
Boisterous as ever, Vollmann continues to revel in quixotic moments of human experience similar to those in his other tales (Fathers and Crows, etc.), yet this collection is far less successful in providing a solid basis from which his anarchic vision can flourish. Read full book review >
MANTIS by Richard La Plante
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Creepy, crawly, and, from time to time, a bit scary, but since the killer is so outrageous, it's never really scary enough to make up for being unbelievable."
A by-no-means-harmless, lunatic martial artist—whose role model is one of nature's odder insects—stalks and maybe even snacks on the good citizens of Philadelphia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >