Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

THE CABAL by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: April 17, 2000

"Easy, lively reading, with some affecting moments, but mostly these tales have all the substance of a plateful of bonbons."
The Cabal is a group of wealthy, influential residents of Jackson, Mississippi, who share the same shrink. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 2000

"An uncompelling riff on overcoming some hard knocks in time to find wisdom."
A transparently redemptive tale in which a troubled young woman, reared in the suburbs, is overwhelmed by a past filled with the requisite tragedies. Read full book review >

Released: April 14, 2000

"Beautifully done. Bender has a remarkable gift for showing how the security of family interrelationship warms, chafes, imprisons, and ultimately liberates."
The audience awaiting Oprah's picks will want to know about this highly touted first novel about three generations of women in a painfully bonded southern California family. Read full book review >
RENATO'S LUCK by Jeff Shapiro
Released: April 13, 2000

"Earnest work, written with obvious affection in its attempt to convey the charms and customs of Tuscany; but Shapiro's tale of a town's people and midlife angst remains not just small in scale but, unfortunately, also tepid."
The waterworks man in a small Tuscan town threatened by change seeks to regain his gusto: a sweet but slight fable by first-time author and American expatriate Shapiro. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 2000

Second installment of Turtledove's alternate-world fantasy (Into the Darkness,1999). Read full book review >

DEEP IN THE HEART by Sharon Oard Warner
Released: April 11, 2000

"Not all resolutions are happy in this tale of love's unpredictability and life's unfairness, but the characters change, becoming wiser in the ways of the world and the heart, and that is more than enough."
In her perfectly pitched debut novel, Warner (Learning to Dance and Other Stories, not reviewed) warms the heart and provokes the mind as she examines the lives of two women whose paths intersect when one seeks an abortion at a clinic picketed by pro-lifers. Read full book review >
MR PHILLIPS by John Lanchester
Released: April 10, 2000

"Lanchester's capable, knowledgeable, revelatory homage to Mrs. Woolf and Mr. Joyce (and even to Mr. Eliot's 'unreal city') is one of them."
Following up on his successful cookbook-cum-mystery (The Debt to Pleasure, 1996), Lanchester offers an end-of-the-century version of Mrs. Dalloway—with results as brilliantly captivating as Michael Cunningham's were in The Hours. Read full book review >
THE GATECRASHER by Madeleine Wickham
Released: April 9, 2000

Fleur Daxeny has an ingratiating manner, a madonna's face, and a closet full of black designer suits—all of them weapons in her ceaseless effort to keep the wolf, and honest labor, from the door. Read full book review >
RAY IN REVERSE by Daniel Wallace
Released: April 7, 2000

"A deft and economical writer with a fine ear for dialogue, Wallace has produced a finely wrought novel that often reads like a series of short stories building in power as this life unfurls from front to back. (Author tour)"
Instead of following his protagonist from cradle to grave, Wallace, in this clever follow-up to his well-received first novel, Big Fish (1998), replays the life of an ordinary man who pretty much sleepwalked through his time on earth. Read full book review >
FRESH BLOOD 3 by Mike Ripley
Released: April 7, 2000

"If not quite the new wave of crime writing the editors promise, a solid evening's reading for the anticozy enthusiast."
In their everwidening search for hardedged themes, editors Ripley and Jakubowski (Fresh Blood 2, 1998, etc.), have now latched on to villains getting off scot-free despite their bad behavior. Read full book review >
THE SAND-RECKONER by Gillian Bradshaw
Released: April 6, 2000

"But the gods seem able to write straight with crooked lines, and Archimedes learns much from his work as a military engineer that helps him to become one of the greatest physicists of the ancient world."
The Sand-Reckoner ($23.95; Apr. 6; 352 pp.; 0-312-87340-9): More historical fiction from Bradshaw (Island of Ghosts, 1998, etc.), who this time out takes us to ancient Greece. Read full book review >
HORSE HEAVEN by Jane Smiley
Released: April 6, 2000

"If one named Jane Smiley ever shows up in the racing form, you might just want to bet the farm on her."
A fast-paced, fetchingly detailed, wide-angled view of the world of horse breeding-and-racing—and another lively illustration of Smiley's industrious literary work-ethic and gift for transmuting the products of her obviously extensive research into compelling fiction. 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 >