Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1818)

GRACE POINT by Anne D. LeClaire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A sound, well-crafted mystery and punchy melodrama."
A tight, bright novel of suspense—LeClaire's hardcover debut- -that jumps back and forth between the present and the 1940's, when violence erupted (in the shadows) in a Massachusetts coastal town. Read full book review >
LITTLE ALTARS EVERYWHERE by Rebecca Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"But Wells's view of Mama Vivi and a Ya-Ya, bagged to the ears and rocketing down the road, is memorable."
A somewhat disjointed but appealing first novel—winner of the 1992 Western States Book Award for Fiction—set in the early 60's and 90's in small-town Louisiana. Read full book review >

ALONE IN THE VALLEY by Kenneth Waymon Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Though his voice is unique, Baker tells it exactly as it was."
First novel about an infantryman in Vietnam by a disabled Vietnam vet from Georgia. Read full book review >
THE VOLCANO LOVER by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"At once heady and heartfelt, this is Sontag's best bid for a popular audience."
The first novel in over 20 years by America's preeminent belletrist is a historical tour de force. Read full book review >
SCIMITAR by John Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

Clever, cartoonish thriller about a deep-cover assassin on the trail of George Bush. Read full book review >

SANTIAGO AND THE DRINKING PARTY by Clay Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A rather aimless chronicle of exile and discovery."
Morgan (Aura, 1983—not reviewed) tells the story of a restless Yankee who goes south of the border to find the magic that eludes him at home—but who can't figure out what to do with it once he's there. Read full book review >
BOOK by Robert Grudin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"The satiric butts are too familiar and broadly ridiculed to make this as trenchant or funny as David Lodge; it's more likely to remind you of the kinder, gentler academic follies of Jane Langton, or of Michael Malone's Foolscap."
Demented deconstructionist plots to kill gentle humanist and destroy his life's work—in this waggish, intermittently inspired sendup of contemporary academic mores. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN HARVEST by Jorge Amado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Still, Amado provides us with the fullness of Brazilian reality and modern history that no other writer we read in translation does."
Here, in the first English translation of a novel written some 40 years ago, Amado (Pen, Sword, Camisole, 1985, etc.) strikes off with his trademark exuberance—this time to tell the cautionary tale of how brokered cacao devastates the economy, ecology, and societal structure of the Brazilian provincial port of Ilheus. Read full book review >
WOMEN OF SAND AND MYRRH by Hanan al-Shaykh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A promising debut."
The realities of life in the gilded cage for contemporary Arab women—in the first US publication from Lebanese-born writer al- Shaykh. Read full book review >
VANISH WITH THE ROSE by Barbara Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Silly dialogue and a sketchy plot make this a very undemanding treat—suited for summer-garden reading with a cup of tea at hand."
Bestselling Michaels (Into the Darkness, 1990, etc., etc.) piles on the whipped cream but forgets the cake in this latest foray into romantic suspense—a contemporary cozy in which credibility is cheerfully sacrificed on the altar of whimsy and lace. Read full book review >
LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >
LITTLE JINX by Abram Tertz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Gentler in its satire than the stories and essays that got Tertz five years in a Soviet labor camp: as winsomely, tearfully loony as the Gogol tales it recalls."
A painfully funny parable of loneliness, alienation, and crippling guilt by the ÇmigrÇ author of, among others, Soviet Civilization (1990) and the novel Goodnight! (1989). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >