Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1818)

ONE WAY HOME by Susan Pepper Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Lots of wit, plenty of punch—but if less is more, more can also be less and that, disappointingly, is the equation here."
Robbins's short story ``River and Jungle'' (winner of the 1990 Virginia Prize)—about a single mom, her two hipper-than-hip sons, and their elusive dad—is stretched out to fill her first novel, and it's stretched a little thin. Read full book review >
FUGITIVE BLUE by Dani Shapiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"So for seekers after darkness, why not?"
Fictional take #2 for Shapiro, author of the roundly esteemed debut novel Playing with Fire (1990), points out what the artsy members of Yale's class of about 1980 did after graduation, while their squarer fellows were trading bonds on Wall Street. Read full book review >

SNOW WHITE, BLOOD RED by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"An excellent sampler of the current crop of fantasy writers; the annotated reading list is a bonus for those interested in further exploration."
From the editors of the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series comes an anthology of original work by current authors, based on the fairy-tale tradition. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN WHO SLEEP BY THE RIVER by Debbie Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 1992

"Despite a subtext of concern for contemporary realities, mercifully clothed in graceful and evocative prose: a vivid portrait of rural life in Africa."
A quietly eloquent tale of the clash between past and present in rural Zimbabwe—from a British author who's made three documentary films about women in Africa. Read full book review >
SHOOTING SCRIPT by Gordon Cotler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 1992

"And, yes, there's a zinger kept for the end, too."
When troublemaking Nicholas Stavros, who claims veteran TV writer Mike Saldinger plagiarized his script for the chancy new crime series Corrigan's Way, is killed, Mike's problems rapidly go from bad to worse—especially since his alibi, a California roller-bunny he knows only as Jenny, vanishes before he can introduce her to the police. Read full book review >

YELLOW by Daniel Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Remington's gentility and Bierce's death agony seem to throw a blanket over things."
On his deathbed in a Mexican bordello, Ambrose Bierce recalls the journalistic instigation of the Spanish-American War as told to him by Frederic Remington—in a sixth novel from Lynch (Brennan's Point, 1988, etc.) Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE WEST WING by Elliott Roosevelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 1992

"The most compelling so far of this fact-and-fiction series."
One more of Elliott Roosevelt's posthumously published novels centered on his able mother Eleanor's role as detective. Read full book review >
FOREVER by Judith Gould
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1992

"It's the Sidney- Sheldon-gone-kinky approach, and here—as in Gould's others—it'll most likely work."
Escapist commercial fiction of operatic scale is Gould's niche (Never Too Rich, 1990, etc.), and, here, she claims her stake there again with a wild-ride-of-a-book about a woman who goes to incredible lengths to track down her grandfather's murderers. Read full book review >
RIVER OF THE SUN by Patricia Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1992

"Well-balanced, unsentimental, vivid portrayal of the taming of Australia's Wild West."
Rich, compelling adventures set during the Australian Gold Rush in the late 1800's. Read full book review >
CHINA SILK by Anne Worboys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1992

"Chinese, and the karmic silliness will enjoy the local color and history."
Atmospheric, if uneven, melodramatic obstacle-course to true love set in the glory days of the British Empire, in 1920's Hong Kong—in another historical romance from the New Zealand-born Worboys (Aurora Rose, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 1992

"Her stories are finely tuned but slightly toneless, with not enough to set them apart from other earnest first fictions."
A debut collection of 11 diminutive stories, many of which made their first public showing in the pages of little magazines like The North American Review. Read full book review >
THE HAWK IS HUNGRY by D'Arcy McNickle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"Sometimes old-fashioned in tone but right in line with the multicultural and debunking thrust of today's New Western History."
Sixteen stories, ten edited from previously unpublished manuscripts, provide unromantic views of the American West, observations of urban sophistication and prejudice, and insight into the life and creative work of author/political leader McNickle (1904-77), perhaps the most influential Native American of his era. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >