Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1818)

THE CORNFLAKE HOUSE by Deborah Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Rambling and too long, but told with a fresh-faced innocence bound to win the author fans on her first time out."
A debut novel describing a young woman's coming-of-age in an English family only slightly less dysfunctional than the Mitfords or the Krays. Read full book review >
BY THE SHORE by Galaxy Craze
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A good-natured, likable story with plenty of flavor but very little substance: not bad, though, for the first time out."
Indie film star Craze debuts with a coming-of-age story set in an English coastal resort. Read full book review >

TOUGH, TOUGH TOYS FOR TOUGH, TOUGH BOYS by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Not an utter disappointment, but too close."
Slim pickings from London's wizard of the warped: seven stories (four published previously) and a novella that offer only an occasional glimmer of Self's former eerie greatness (Great Apes, 1997, etc.), as drug-dealing and hitchhiking scenarios offer little to transcend the purely conventional. Read full book review >
BREATHING WATER by T. Greenwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Familiar themes with a slight twist, but, nevertheless, still more familiar than not."
In a first novel that strains for effect, a young woman summering in Vermont finds healing and happiness after an abusive relationship ends. Read full book review >
THE WAY PEOPLE RUN by Christopher Tilghman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"The way his people run occasionally feels contrived, but in his best stories we feel deeply for them and wish them safely home again."
Separation anxiety and strong emotion repressed almost to the point of suffocation are the constants that are analyzed—with sometimes excessive precision—in this otherwise impressive gathering of six carefully crafted stories by the author of an earlier collection, In a Father's Place (1990), and the novel Mason's Retreat (1996). Read full book review >

SIX ISRAELI NOVELLAS by GershoN Shaked
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"An attractive volume, and a very rewarding one."
A fine collection of long stories written over an approximate quarter-century (1965-89) by several of Israel's most prominent writers. Read full book review >
THE OXYGEN MAN by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A wrenching, compassionate portrayal of wasted lives in explosive conflict."
A superb first novel, about a doomed Mississippi family, by the author of three story collections (Family Men, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
FLOATING IN A MOST PECULIAR WAY by David Racine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Somewhat rambling and obvious, but told with a fresh voice and infused with a likable spirit: even Young Republicans might be taken in."
What happens to hippies who sell out 20 years down the pike? Read full book review >
VAPOR by Amanda Filipacchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"An original and beguiling interpretation of old myths and contemporary preoccupations, despite a plot that often goes into overdrive."
A surreal and often frenetic trip through makeover land as a bizarre young man helps an aspiring New York actress become a star by imprisoning her in his cloud-filled home. Read full book review >
THE NANNY AND THE ICEBERG by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A very busy tale that melts in the frenetic heat of its telling."
Like its eponymous iceberg, this strained fictional mix of politics, affected profundity, and supposedly comic eroticism is as much about the obvious—a young man's struggle to lose his virginity—as about what is hidden in the depths: Chilean history. Read full book review >
THE GAZEBO by Emily Grayson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A Harlequin Romance in hardcover. (Film rights to Columbia-TriStar)"
Debut novel about a doomed love affair that's carried on across several continents and for more than 50 rather weepy years. Read full book review >
BRING OUT YOUR DEAD by Grace Ingoldby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Still, the richly imagined text may prove a treat for speleologists of misty literary caverns."
London literary critic and journalist Ingoldby's fifth novel, apparently the first to be published here, is an opaque affair not likely to gain her many American readers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >