Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1795)

BILLY STRAIGHT by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Readers leery of Kellerman's style will be hard put to find the purple patches usually associated with it."
While Alex Delaware, his psychologist-sleuth (The Clinic, 1997, etc.), is out on a one-book hiatus, Kellerman produces his best work yet. Read full book review >
AMY AND ISABELLE by Elizabeth Strout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"But Strout demonstrates exceptional poise, and an uncommon ability to render complex emotions with clarity and a sympathetic intelligence, evoking comparisons with the work of Alice Munro and Anne Tyler. (Author tour)"
A lyrical, closely observant first novel, charting the complex, resilient relationship of a mother and daughter. Read full book review >

THE PECULIAR MEMORIES OF THOMAS PENMAN by Bruce Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Love, youth, and satire delivered with the verve and allure of, say, Amis—the real one, that is, not the modernized Martin, but lordly and hilarious Kingsley."
An Oscar-winner for the screenplay to The Killing Fields, Robinson debuts in the novel with the hilarious and engaging story of a working-class British teen growing up in the 1950s. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELING HORNPLAYER by Barbara Trapido
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Trapido blithely analyzes her people's sometimes disastrous comings and goings in a bittersweet, often very sexy romance reminiscent of the fiction of Muriel Spark, Beryl Bainbridge and perhaps Rose Macaulay. But she is triumphantly her own woman, and this is one of her most entertaining books."
Mischievous social comedy and subtle portrayals of characters simultaneously thrown together and isolated by their own solipsism—all in an enchanting fifth novel from the South African-born English author (Temples of Delight, 1991, etc.) Read full book review >
INNER CITY BLUES by Paula L. Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Anthologist Woods (Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes, 1995) puts an African-American spin on Sara Paretsky's trademarks (the broad canvas filled with big events, the tough-as-the-boys heroine, the gimlet eye for urban corruption) in this important debut."
When the City of Angels goes haywire following the beating of Reginald Denny, the last person you want to be is a black detective in the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division. Read full book review >

TERESA by Neera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"A quietly told story that gradually accumulates great power, rich in local color, memorable characterizations, and devastating dramatic irony."
s her youth caring for them—only to find, many years after, that her eventual freedom to join the man she loves amounts simply to a continuation of her servitude. Read full book review >
THINE IS THE KINGDOM by Abilio Estévez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Enticing literary gamesmanship from a remarkably accomplished new novelist."
The magical-realist example of Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez is only one of numerous literary influences to be detected (and often proudly displayed) in this exuberantly inventive first novel set in Cuba just before Castro's Revolution. Read full book review >
FLUKE by Martin Blinder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"An easy, pleasurable debut crying out movie, movie, movie."
Psychiatrist and law professor Blinder debuts with the tale of Warren Harding's last decade or so—often in the voice of Nan Britton, a young, devoted, beloved mistress. Read full book review >
CHICKEN FEED by Alma Fritchley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Letty's forays into high-level political scandal aren't as original or compelling as the down-home British lunacy of Chicken Run, but Fritchley manages again to invoke a tone as quiescent yet soothing as a root-beer float."
Like it or not, new vistas are opening for Yorkshire chicken farmer Letty Campbell (Chicken Run, p. 620). Read full book review >
THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The tapestry is so rich, and the cast so various, that it's no wonder we can't spend longer with the killer."
It's 1958, and Buddy Holly has just been killed, together with Richie Valens, in a plane crash hours after Sam McCain took Pamela Forrest, the co-worker who's never loved him, to see Buddy at the Surf Ballroom. Read full book review >
THE VINTNER'S LUCK by Elizabeth Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"It's not for Touched by an Angel watchers, but many readers may respond as ecstatically to Knox's brilliantly original book as they did to Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things."
This American debut by a veteran New Zealand novelist is a wonderfully imaginative tale, set in the 19th-century French countryside, of the long enduring, loving relationship between a man and an angel. Read full book review >
CAT CRIMES THROUGH TIME by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Now that cats have turned up everywhere from the Scottish Highlands to yesterday's war-torn Beirut, expect next year's dispatch to come from the moons of Jupiter."
Not content with its dominion over the present (Cat Crimes for the Holidays, 1997, etc.), the master race now extends its reach back through history from ancient Egypt to the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >