Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

SLEEPING WITH RANDOM BEASTS by Karin Goodwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A one-dimensional take on a terminally self-preoccupied woman."
A first novel (``rescued from the slush pile,''we're told) with attitude to spare but nothing else: the story of a self- absorbed, self-destructive woman who screws up her life only to be saved by a good man. Read full book review >
33 MOMENTS OF HAPPINESS by Ingo Schulze
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A rather mixed bag, though Schulze's sardonic intelligence and feeling for cultural contrasts give these seemingly disparate tales a pleasing unity and coherence."
A curious debut collection of linked stories by a young German writer who explores relations between his own country and Russia and various expressions of the Russian temperament, while also offering what seem parodies ofand homages toRussian writers in both vignettes and fully developed tales that ostensibly constitute ``an ongoing discussion concerning the value of happiness.'' Schulze prefaces the stories with a frame in which a woman traveling by train across Europe to Petersburg enjoys a brief encounter with a German businessman named Hofmann, who leaves behind him a manuscript containing these taleswhich the lady passes to ``I.S.,'' urging him to ``lend these fantasies your name.'' The stories, which usually but not invariably observe Russian behavior from a Teutonic viewpoint, variously present comic-grotesque evidence of a people notable for their ``vast hospitality'' (a woman doctor who administers highly unprofessional last rites, so to speak, to a dying old man is hailed as a ``saint''; street vendors seize a wealthy businessman and write their names and addresses on his body), desperate poverty (a widow without means prospers when an American named Nickand who may be St. Read full book review >

DEADLOCK by Malcolm C. MacPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A flashy opening gives way to a routine, albeit tangled, legal yarn that's redeemed by a quirky cast and a wide-eyed fascination with courtroom chicanery."
MacPherson (In Cahoots, 1994, etc.) offers a lively, if gimmicky, San Franciscobased legal procedural that leavens the requisite sleazy sensationalism with a Dickensian delight in oddball characters, class warfare, and courtroom arcana. Read full book review >
THRILL by Jackie Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

Collins (Vendetta, 1997, etc.) once again weaves her trademark web of Hollywood romance and intrigue, in a 17th novel that's sure to capture her rabid fans. Read full book review >
CURRENT DANGER by Marilyn Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Except for an underwhelming unmasking, Wallace (Lost Angel, 1996, etc.) does her usual expert job of raising your blood pressure and keeping you from taking those deep, cleansing breaths."
Fifteen years after a suspicious fire gutted a Mercer Street project that budding contractor Claudia Miller lost her shirt on, Claudia, now a respected builder, is ready to take on her biggest job: a rehab that stands to generate a million-dollar profit for her to split with owner Murray Kurtz, whose brother Jack installed the windows the firefighters smashed at Mercer Street. Read full book review >

JAMES BALDWIN by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

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NOBODY'S GIRL by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Nelson's longer fiction, at least as shown by this misfire, lacks the energy and concentration that distinguish her short stories."
The disillusioning ``education'' of a high-school English teacher takes center stage in this only moderately interesting melodrama from Nelson, the New Mexicobased author of three story collections and a previous novel (Talking in Bed, 1995). Read full book review >
A GOOD DOCTOR'S SON by Steven Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Schwartz is a gifted writer, but his premise here doesn't entirely sustain his talent."
Prize-winning storywriter Schwartz's second novel (Therapy, 1994) is the well (if conventionally) told tale of a teenaged boy whose life comes close to being destroyed by guilt. Read full book review >
A FOUR-SIDED BED by Elizabeth Searle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A bright, distinctive, haunting debut."
A powerful, unsettling first novel from Searle, author of the story collection My Body to You (not reviewed). Read full book review >
CAUCASIA by Danzy Senna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"An accomplished novel of issues that doesn't offer any easy solutions but does poignantly evoke the pain and paradox of those caught in the racial crossfire. (Book-of-the-Month Club Selection; author tour)"
An ambitious debut novel that powerfully, if schematically, addresses the conditions of those living in the great racial no- man's-land—that is to say, the children of mixed marriage—who belong to both races but are often also rejected by both. Read full book review >
THIS NEVER HAPPENED by E.W. Summers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Readers who haven't already overdosed on family angst, though, or who can't get enough of it, will find Richard's struggles properly gripping."
Summers's entry in the dysfunctional-family sweepstakes starts with a bang when fragile painter Claire Brown shoots her husband, letting all manner of demons out of the closet. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"An impressive and unusual debut performance."
A first collection of ten thematically related short stories examining the root causes of historical incidents that involved black Americans and culminated in well-known court cases. 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 >