Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1818)

MESSENGER BIRD by Dan McCall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"The early medical anecdotes, with their ring of rough truth, are perfectly calculated to set up McCall's understated, elegiac plot."
The latest of McCall's active/sensitive heroes (Triphammer, 1990, etc.) is a young doctor who recalls his two-year tenure among the Mescalero Apaches in New Mexico. Read full book review >
THE VIRGIN SUICIDES by Jeffrey Eugenides
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not to be missed."
Debut novelist Eugenides is a heavyweight: proof of it is in nearly every pitch-perfect sentence of this startlingly and very good book. Read full book review >

FARRIER'S LANE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"The same mixture, then, but suffering an attack of bloat."
In this 13th outing for Victorian-era Police Inspector Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte (Belgrave Square, etc.), it's Gracie, the Pitt maid of all work, who uncovers the most telling and dramatic clue. Read full book review >
KINGDOMS by Mary Jane Salk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Full of predictable plot turns, but intelligently written- -indeed, Salk manages to make the Middle East light entertainment."
``All these years, I thought...I assumed you felt the way I did....Maybe I should have communicated with you,'' says Tarik, the anguished hero of this potboiler by the debuting Salk, when he sees the great love of his life after a ten-year separation. Read full book review >
PEERLESS FLATS by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Sensitive, subtly humorous, and evocative of the underside of London life, but without the depth or resolution of a satisfying novel."
Actress/second-novelist Freud (Hideous Kinky, 1992) returns with a limp tale of an acting student enduring poverty, a shattered family life, and postadolescent sexual confusion in a shabby backwater of modern-day London. Read full book review >

MIDNIGHT LEMONADE by Ann Goethe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Typical of the genre in which every mistake is forgiven if an allegedly strong, talented, and sexy woman finally grows up."
A first novel about thirtysomething Katherine, single parent and late bloomer, that breathlessly pushes all the right contemporary buttons—only to reach an uplifting, old-fashioned conclusion. Read full book review >
FROM HUNGER by Gerald Shapiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Mostly, Shapiro redeems his characters' angst without simplifying their predicaments or simplifying experience."
A promising first collection of nine stories about men full of Weltschmerz and tangled up by affairs of the head; Shapiro's sardonic delivery is leavened by a black humor reminiscent of Bruce Jay Friedman. Read full book review >
PARTICLES AND LUCK by Louis B. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"An elementary background in theoretical physics, while not required, would be helpful."
A pivotal 24 hours in the life of a yuppie physicist whose neighbor persuades him that their condos are in danger of being seized by a faceless corporation in a bizarre legal action. Read full book review >
ALL KINDS OF LOVE by Carl Reiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Silly, uptight comedy with a dated Sixties feel."
The sexual philanderings of a well-to-do California family provide a subject for film director Reiner's farcical second novel (belatedly following Enter Laughing, 1958): a heavy-handed comedy whose stereotypical characters and predictable turns would probably have played better on the screen. Read full book review >
SISTER by Jim Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Though we sometimes see through the voice, Lewis manages to limn an original world where the usual family unhappiness is described through the obsessive mind of a quirky, aptly chosen narrator."
A John Fowles-like account of a young vagabond who lives secretly in the basement of a rich man's mansion and becomes involved with the man's two daughters. Read full book review >
REDLINE THE STARS by Andre Norton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Agreeable, well-crafted adventures—the superman slant isn't as tiresome as it sounds in summary—though lacking the salty-dog realism of A. Bertram Chandler's Rim World yarns, and markedly less powerful than C.J. Cherryh's alien-trader Chanur tales."
Norton's four-book series about the trader spaceship Solar Queen ended in 1969 with Postmarked the Stars; this long-range continuation utilizes Norton's concepts and was written mostly by Griffin. Read full book review >
SANDMAN, SLEEP by Herbert Lieberman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"The mixture of detection and fantasy—the fantasy greatly predominating—makes this somewhat comparable to Akif Pirináci's recent Felidae, though without the imaginative consistency that made Pirináci's book such a tour de force."
A hundred years from now, the ritual return and sudden death of a mysterious, absent father lead to troubling questions about his life's work, the Humanus research project, that range far beyond whodunit—in this ambitious, sporadically inspired fantasy/mystery, a real departure for crime-pro Lieberman (Shadow Dancers, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >