Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1818)

MEDIEVAL IN LA by Jim Paul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"A weekend book that's penetrating and pleasant at once—a humanities refresher equally at home on coffee table or in any student's scruffiest backpack."
After two rounds of nonfiction (Catapult, 1991; What's Called Love, 1993), Paul offers a novel-cum-essay that makes for a pleasant intellectual browse. Read full book review >
TALKING IN BED by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Altogether, an unsparing dissection of adultery and human frailty."
The title is particularly apt: The only time the characters in this sad, startling first novel really do talk to each other, sharing guilty secrets and long-nursed regrets, is in bed. Read full book review >

SUDDEN PREY by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Complete with gross cop humor and villains who, for all their vicious resolve, have credibly redemptive traits: another winner for the accomplished Sandford and his growing legion of fans."
The fine and chilling eighth in Sandford's series featuring top cop Lucas Davenport (Mind Prey, 1995, etc.), this pitting him against a trio of revenge-minded killers. Read full book review >
AMÉRICA'S DREAM by Esmeralda Santiago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Santiago's acute eye and feel for the telling detail make this a work of fine reportage, as well as an engrossing if often somber tale with a quiet but always tenacious heroine. ($55,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Puerto Ricanborn first-novelist Santiago (the memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, 1993) gives a contemporary twist to the immigrant experience as she limns the plight of a woman escaping an abusive man to pursue her dreams. Read full book review >
THE MAGNIFICENT SAVAGES by Fred Mustard Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Contrived (down to the un-punny title), although the fast pace and swashbuckling style lend a certain readability."
Stewart (Pomp and Circumstance, 1991, etc., etc.) customarily produces narratives filled with snapshot-like scenes of high drama- -perhaps with TV rights in mind—and this lurid, mid-19th-century adventure at sea is no exception. Read full book review >

WINGING IT by Elizabeth Tippens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Impressive work from a promising new writer."
Nine colorful interrelated stories tracking the romantic ups and downs of Faith, a Generation X-er on the verge of 30, and the three men she's attracted to. Read full book review >
BECAUSE WE ARE HERE by Chuck Wachtel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Moments of interest, but not much more."
Slices of working-class life from Wachtel (The Gates, 1994; Joe the Engineer, 1983), offered in a strange hodgepodge of stories, vignettes, novellas, and fantasies. Read full book review >
OPEN HEART by A.B. Yehoshua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Still, even if not up to its predecessor, this is nonetheless the work of a superb novelist: haunting and annoying by turns, with considerable emotional payoff at the close. (Author tour)"
Israeli writer Yehoshua (the prize-winning Mr. Mani, 1992, etc.) returns to the more intimate dilemmas of his previous work. Read full book review >
LEARNING TO DRIVE by William Norwich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"An uneasy blend of satire and mourning, unleavened by either society dish or genuine insight."
In Vogue columnist Norwich's lead-footed debut, a tabloid- ready tale of fatal mayhem on the way to the Department of Motor Vehicles is punctuated with slightly more affecting flashbacks to the not-yet-licensed driver's sad childhood. Read full book review >
CATHERWOOD by Marly Youmans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"The tender moments between mother and child are evoked most powerfully, but the farther one moves from this intimate sphere, the less satisfying the novel becomes."
On the English frontier in 17th-century American, a short walk in the woods turns into a months-long nightmare for a newly settled mother and her young daughter when they lose their way, as first- novelist Youmans brings keen insight and a relentless focus to one woman's suffering and sorrow. Read full book review >
OMON RA by Victor Pelevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"It's the work of an exciting new talent, and one hopes his other fiction will soon be in English translation as well."
A vigorous satire on the Soviet space program is combined with a thoughtful dramatization of the mixed human impulses to explore, conquer, and transcend in this memorable short novel by the author of The Yellow Arrow (see below). Read full book review >
PEREIRA DECLARES by Antonio Tabucchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"One of the most intriguing and appealing character studies in recent European fiction, and easily the best work of Tabucchi's to have appeared in English translation."
The theme of political commitment is explored from an unusual and rewarding perspective in this moving short novel, set in Fascist-ruled Portugal in 1938, by the Italian author of Requiem (1994), etc. Its unsuspecting hero is Dr. Pereira, a former Lisbon crime reporter who now edits the ``culture page'' of the cautiously apolitical newspaper Lisboa. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >