Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

KARTOGRAPHY by Kamila Shamsie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Shamsie's stylish, energetic prose holds real promise for future books. Kartography, though, is a near-miss."
The splintering effects of an unbroken "cycle of violence, unemployment, divisiveness" in Pakistan enfold and alienate the protagonists of this intense third novel from the author of Salt and Saffron (2000). Read full book review >
A SON OF WAR by Melvyn Bragg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Like its predecessor, a marvelous and very rich tale, all the more powerful for its quiet tone and restrained narration."
The second installment of a trilogy set in a small industrial town in the north of England, about a young WWII vet's struggle to adjust to peacetime routine. Read full book review >

COME CLOSER by Sara Gran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The Yellow Wallpaper meets Rosemary's Baby in a slim, wonderfully eerie novel."
In a decidedly creepy departure from her debut (Saturn's Return to New York, 2001: a charmer about mothers and daughters in literary New York), Gran tells of a young woman possessed by a demon. Read full book review >
FREUD’S ALPHABET by Jonathan Tel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A museum of a place and time that's filled, however brightly, with trinkets."
Tel's first novel (Arafat's Elephant, stories, 2002) is a slight, poetic little thing that has its considerable charm but remains determinedly airy and unballasted. Read full book review >
ACCOMPLICES by K.C. Frederick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A complex portrait of the intricacies of emerging freedom."
Frederick (The Fourteenth Day, 2000, etc.) limns an apocryphal post-Communism state with a tale of three people who become companions as they face danger, illness, and history. Read full book review >

EGGSHELL DAYS by Rebecca Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Witty, deft, and delightful, with a light touch in the tradition of Cold Comfort Farm."
A winning debut about a group of British friends who decide to drop out of the rat race and move to the country—with predictably disastrous results. Read full book review >
WAR AGAINST THE ANIMALS by Paul Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Thematically in tow with Russell's previous five efforts (cosmopolitan male meets boy from sticks; bad things happen), this coming-of-age/end-of-life story discovers its own distinction through precise writing (mostly) and memorable people. Bittersweet and worthwhile."
The collision of small-town phobias and high-priced realities. Read full book review >
A DICTIONARY OF MAQIAO by Han Shaogong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The result is a subtle and smashingly effective critique of the futility of totalitarian efforts to suppress language and thought—and, more to the point, a stunningly imaginative and absorbing work of fiction."
An innovative 1997 novel records its narrator's experiences—as an urban "Educated Youth" relocated among rural peasants—as entries in a descriptive "dictionary." Read full book review >
TIME BETWEEN TRAINS by Anthony Bukoski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2003

"At once sad and fascinating: fine sketches of an interesting subject."
Moving through the same territory as Polonaise (1999), Bukoski's fourth collection sets 13 stories in the Polish and Slavic neighborhoods of Superior, Wisconsin. Read full book review >
SECRET LIVES by Catherine Browder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2003

"Going for the elliptical and understated, Browder arrives instead at the obscure and flat."
Meandering snapshots of outsiders seeking contentment in their daily lives. Read full book review >
THE WAVE by Caren Gussoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2003

"Little deaths in the rain, in a first collection from novelist Gussoff (Homecoming, 2000)."
A strong novella and ten stories twisted and wrung dry. Read full book review >
GAZELLE by Rikki Ducornet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 29, 2003

"To quote the Professor: 'Time is a clutter . . . and it needs to be sorted out.' So is, so does Gazelle."
Muted characterization and action and a voluptuous superabundance of arcane hocus-pocus: such are the keynotes of this febrile eighth novel from the writer-painter whose earlier, much similar fiction includes The Complete Butcher's Tales (1994) and Phosphor in Dreamland (1995). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >