Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD by Ray Bradbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2002

"Slight, affecting, voluble, exuberant—by a writer who feels life's even better than he can imagine."
Science fiction grandmaster Bradbury gathers together 25 stories, some half-baked, most unpublished. Read full book review >
FRANKLIN FLYER by Nicholas Christopher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2002

"At one point we're informed that 'Franklin felt as if events—history itself—had been speeded up to a lunatic pace.' So will the reader."
Huge chunks of 20th-century history are handled with elliptical finesse in Christopher's fourth novel (following A Trip to the Stars, 2000): an episodic picaresque with bits and snatches reminiscent of Doctorow's Ragtime, Millhauser's Martin Dressler, Purdy's Malcolm, and Woody Allen's Zelig. Read full book review >

SCORCHED EARTH by David L. Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2002

"Robbins (The End of the War, 2000, etc.) is an able storyteller, but this time out the overactive plot twists away from him."
Elijah Waddell is black, Clare Epps white. Read full book review >
PEOPLE DIE by Kevin Wignall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2002

"A gripper that suffers some from overboiled dialogue ('There's no charge for the one who raped my girlfriend, but he owes me the regular fee for Wilson and Sanderton'). Still, it moves briskly to its surprising end."
British author Wignall debuts with a taut and very dark thriller about a hit man who finds he has become the prey of someone else's stalkings. Read full book review >
SUMMERHOUSE, LATER by Judith Hermann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Stories, yes, but without characters a reader can care about, they remain surface only."
The ten stories in Hermann's debut are said to have been a great success at home (Hermann is a Berliner), but to the Yankee ear they seem to consist, for the most part, of youth, pose, and attitude. Read full book review >

EMPORIUM by Adam Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"The weirdest possible blend of Kenneth Patchen, Max Apple, and Tom Clancy. Certainly a vision that should be put under close surveillance."
A debut collection of nine very odd tales that stretch the bounds of storytelling—in a youthful vision that already seems too big for the britches of the short story. Read full book review >
THE IDEA OF PERFECTION by Kate Grenville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Wonderful entertainment: a cockeyed romance that will have you cheering for all of these unlikely, wayward lovers."
There's a smile—if not an outright belly laugh—on every page of this delicious comic novel (winner of Britain's 2001 Orange Prize), the fifth from the Australian author (Albion's Story, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
YOU KNOW BETTER by Tina McElroy Ansa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Can-I-get-a-witness enthusiasm can't compensate for a nearly nonexistent story. From the author of similar tales (The Hand I Fan With, 1996, etc.)."
Three generations of small-town black women, aided by lovable ghosts. Read full book review >
FOX GIRL by Nora Okja Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"A powerful though gently paced story that will be forgiven for occasionally falling into melodrama."
Keller (the much-lauded Comfort Woman, 1997) follows the fortunes of two teenaged girls dragged into prostitution in an American Town ghetto created to service GIs in the wake of the Korean War. Read full book review >
THE IMPRESSIONIST by Hari Kunzru
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Dazzling, nonetheless. Look for The Impressionist among next year's Booker prize nominees."
This already much-touted first novel, a major international commercial success, is its Anglo-Kashmiri author's refreshingly original variation on the traditional theme of a young man's education. Read full book review >
DESIRABLE DAUGHTERS by Bharati Mukherjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2002

"A nice hybrid, combining the suspense of a good thriller with the atmosphere and texture of a family epic."
Mukherjee (Leave It to Me, 1997, etc.) offers a striking portrait of three sisters living in two worlds: the traditional Brahmin society of upper-class Calcutta, where they were born, and the secular world of the modern West they moved to as adults. Read full book review >
IN THE FOREST by Edna O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2002

"At once rich and chilling: one of O'Brien's darkest, most accomplished works in years."
O'Brien (Wild Decembers, 2001, etc.) offers a grimly fascinating portrait of a young Irish psychopath, delivered in a flat and unaffected prose reminiscent of a police dossier. 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 >