Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

CROSSOVER by Dennis A. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Still, in light of recent interest in African- American manhood, a timely and evocative portrait of the black male experience in the formative years."
A solid, insightful debut from Cornell prof and ex-Newsweek editor Williams, chronicling a young black man's political awakening at an Ivy League college during the stormy years of the early 1970's. Read full book review >
BILLY BRAZIL by Emilio DeGrazia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Powerful and haunting—a work of great integrity."
An English professor's encounter with a schizophrenic student forces him to reconsider what it means to be human—in an absorbing first novel by the author of the story collection Enemy Country (1984). Read full book review >

WINTER ROADS, SUMMER FIELDS by Marjorie Dorner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Some of these originally appeared in literary magazines such as Great River Review."
Twelve literary tales by mystery-writer Dorner (Freeze Frame, 1990, etc.) covering some 50 years in the history of a family farming community in Wisconsin—a first collection that, at its best, is a haunting evocation of mortality and its contingencies. Read full book review >
LUCKY'S LADY by Tami Hoag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Lots of sex, just the right amount of suspense, and a sassy, crackling prose style—in a romance that should more than satisfy devotees of the genre."
Second hardcover romance (Magic, 1990—not reviewed) from veteran author Hoag—a steamy, modern romance set in the Louisiana bayou country. Read full book review >
GHOSTS by Morio Kita
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Much fine writing, as nature and a beloved past are evoked, but the narrator's claustrophobic obsessions ultimately overwhelm the theme."
Here, in lyrical, if at times cloyingly intense, prose, the narrator of Japanese writer Kita's latest (The House of Nire, 1984- -not reviewed) exorcises a lost past through nature and the imagination. Read full book review >

STORIES FROM IRAN by Heshmat Moayyad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Rich in imagery and symbols, stories that—despite some uneven writing—do much to explain a country whose recent history has so devastatingly impinged on our own."
With an essay by editor Moayyad (Persian Literature/Univ. of Chicago), this anthology is not only a timely introduction to an unfamiliar literature but offers as well illuminating insights into a society where the postmodern and pre-Renaissance still uneasily coexist. Read full book review >
MONDAY'S WARRIORS by Maurice Shadbolt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Suffers occasionally—but not fatally—from low blood pressure."
An American deserts Queen Victoria's army to cast his lot with Maoris fighting to keep their rightful share of New Zealand—in another historical novel by the author of Season of the Jew (1987), etc. Wary readers will encounter none of the bogus reverence that is the curse of most American aboriginal epics in this dry, mildly overlong story of the Maoris' hopeless fight to hold off total European settlement and dominance of their island. Read full book review >
WINTER'S TALES by Robin Baird-Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1992

"While the overall quality of the 12 stories is mixed, the cosmopolitan tone and varied forms are satisfying."
The seventh edition of this annual anthology—from Britain but with an international bent—features, often enough, refined mandarin prose and multilayered narratives that offer a marked contrast to American minimalism. Read full book review >
A TOWN CALLED JERICHO by Joel Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1992

"He succeeds, though, in making North Dakota sound even bleaker than the Bronx."
A tale of two losers: a small-town mayor who sees his long-shot race for the state assembly as the first step in his becoming the fifth face on Mount Rushmore, and a returning exile from the town who hopes to avenge his mother's death years ago by assassinating the candidate. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1992

"No one will be disappointed."
Excellent sheaf of sf reprints (plus three originals) all turning on crime and detection in the future, a truly intriguing premise. Read full book review >
THE IONIAN MISSION by Patrick O'Brian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 1992

"Splendid adventures at a stately pace."
Aubrey and Maturin (The Thirteen Gun Salute, p. 496; The Surgeon's Mate—see below) sail again. Read full book review >
THE SURGEON'S MATE by Patrick O'Brian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 1992

"Literate and amusing."
This time out, Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin limp home from America for a brief rest before sailing to the Baltic to subvert the occupying Catalan troops—and then to the Bay of Biscay to run aground. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >