Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

THE MUSHROOM MAN by Sophie Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2003

"A charming and thought-provoking tale that walks the line between fantasy and reality with all the skill of tightrope-artist. The British-born Powell, now an NYU grad student, has made a splendid start."
An engaging debut about a family reunion that leads to a disappearance. Read full book review >
THE GOOD PATIENT by Kristin Waterfield Duisberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2003

"Mercifully light on the psychobabble: a sharp and unsentimental glimpse of emotional collapse and recovery, narrated with compassion and a welcome sense of humor."
An intense and moving debut about a young woman's nervous breakdown and slow recovery. Read full book review >

THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2003

"There are echoes of Steinbeck's East of Eden as well, in a thoughtful, artful, painfully moving addition to an ongoing American saga."
The tensions between stoical endurance and the frailty of human connection, as delineated in Erdrich's almost unimaginably rich eighth novel: a panoramic exploration of "a world where butchers sing like angels." Read full book review >
SET THIS HOUSE IN ORDER by Matt Ruff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2003

"A convenient premise complicated by another convenient premise—but not without its charms despite its crowdedness and (necessary) length."
Ruff (Sewer, Gas and Electric, 1997, etc.) steps closer still to recognizable realism with a tale of dueling multiple personality sufferers. Read full book review >
SELAH’S BED by Jenoyne Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2003

"A forceful story not helped by its choppy style, while the self-absorbed heroine grates."
Sexual healing: from the author of Resurrecting Mingus (2001). Read full book review >

THE PERPETUAL ENDING by Kristen den Hartog
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2003

"A story of quiet beauty that doesn't require the contrived insertion of fairy tales to enchant. (Later this year MacAdam/Cage will publish den Hartog's debut novel, Water Wings, which has already appeared in Canada.)"
Canadian den Hartog follows a twin back to her ruptured childhood in 1980s Ontario, where she suffered the tragic loss of her sister. Read full book review >
SONG OF THE SEALS by Christy Yorke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2003

"A big fish story, and breathy prose ('She looked at him standing onshore, and knew right then that it didn't matter how many hearts shattered around her, she was going to marry him, and fast') that brings a whiff of the low tide."
Third tearjerker from romancer Yorke (and her first hardcover), about a woman's recovery from the loss of her baby son. Read full book review >
THE SECRET HOUR by Luanne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"Formulaic but an effective blend of sentiment and suspense, somewhat less contrived than Rice's last (Summer Light, 2001)."
Dark doings in Connecticut. Read full book review >
A HOT AND SULTRY NIGHT FOR CRIME by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"The perfect antidote for seasonal weather is rounded off by slow burns and fast courtesy of David Handler, Toni L.P. Kelner, Suzanne C. Johnson, Angela Zeman, Jeremiah Healy, Alan Cook, and David Bart."
Few criminals are driven to their misdeeds because of excessive cold, helpfully observes Deaver (The Vanished Man, above, etc.) in a brief introduction evidently intended mostly to prove that he's read all 20 of the new stories in this year's MWA annual. Read full book review >
MR. LINCOLN’S WARS by Adam Braver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"Still, lyric and often pleasing."
A "novel in thirteen stories" is really twelve fine tales and one novella, all partly interactive history and partly narrative, and all about our most-explored president. Read full book review >
FEATHERSTONE by Kirsty Gunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"A mangled plot and leaden prose sink a tale that begins well in a quasi-Gothic mode but then becomes pretentious and unintelligible."
An amorphous and depressing account of a young woman's disappearance and the anguish suffered by her friends and relatives, told in an oblique style that generates much heat but little light. Read full book review >
DIARY OF DJINN by Gini Alhadeff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"Meat-and-potato realists should steer clear, but those who appreciate artifice and abstraction in fiction—including language describing the narrator having her 'limbs waxed'—may be intermittently charmed."
A self-consciously artful concoction by memoirist Alhadeff (The Sun at Midday, 1997) skims the surface of a glamorous woman's life as shaped by her djinn, the spirit that's taken residence in her body. 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 >