Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1818)

MUSIC AND SILENCE by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Tremain studied with the late Angus Wilson, and the influence of his fertile imagination has clearly helped shape, and energize, her own. Music & Silence may be her best yet."
Versatile British author Tremain's eighth novel (after The Way I Found Her, 1998) is the stuff of which fairy-tales are spun, though it also exhibits a compelling psychological and moral density. Read full book review >
SHOPPING by Gavin Kramer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Images of Tokyo today are engagingly rendered with precision and a knowing eye, but the characters in this flashy pool all stick to the shallow end."
Tokyo in all its dazzling, dizzying intensity serves as the intrusive backdrop to this smart if somewhat simplified story about an odd couple of British lawyers assigned there to work, one of whom fails spectacularly at adapting: a sharply detailed, prizewinning debut that was short-listed for the 1998 Whitbread. Read full book review >

ANGEL FALLS by Kristin Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"The heartfelt soap appears to be Hannah's chosen romance niche, and she mines it skillfully. (First printing of 125,000)"
Hannah's sequel to On Mystic Lake (1999) is yet another tear-jerker set in northwest Washington State. Read full book review >
AFTER LUCY by Daniel Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Equally funny and full of grief's nuances, with just a few abrupt transitions: a moving story of love and loss and all that comes between."
A compassionate, quietly compelling debut from prizewinning short-story writer Jones, about a young husband attempting to come to terms with his grief after his wife's death, while helping their two children do the same. Read full book review >
THE SKY UNWASHED by Irene Zabytko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2000

"Marusia is a wonderfully realized character, and the images of devastation with which she stoically grapples and eventually makes her peace are quite literally unforgettable."
A wrenching novel, its UkrainianAmerican author's first, depicts in plaintive detail the consequences of the 1986 nuclear power plant catastrophe at ``Chornobyl.'' Zabytko focuses on two women: widowed Marusia Petrenko, who lives in the village of Starylis with her son Yurko's family, and stays on tending to Yurko (an electrician at Chornobyl) while he lies dying of radiation poisoning, and his mercurial (and adulterous) wife Zosia escapes with their young children to the comparative safety of Moscow. Read full book review >

FAY by Larry Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2000

"Close to a masterpiece."
The search for love and family has seldom been portrayed with such harsh realism as in this almost literally stunning fourth novel by the highly acclaimed Mississippi author. Read full book review >
MONSIEUR OUINE by Georges Bernanos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2000

"All of Bernanos's fiction ought to be available in English translation, and William Bush looks like the right man for the job."
Monsieur Ouine ($40.00; paper $20.00; Mar. 30; 256 pp.; 0-8032-1304-2; paper 0-8032-6161-6): A new English translation, based on the authoritative 1955 French edition of the 1943 masterpiece by the great novelist (1888-1948), best known for his Diary of a Country Priest. Read full book review >
SIX FIGURES by Fred G. Leebron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2000

"Unfortunately, nothing here prepares the reader to imagine Warner with a hammer aimed at his wife's head, and without that possibility, the narrative, otherwise carefully attuned to the snarls and realities of family life, cannot succeed."
A nightmare unfolds in Leebron's (Out West, 1996) ill-founded second novel, as a crack North Carolina fund-raiser feels the heat when his wife is hit in the head with a hammer and everyone believes he did it. Read full book review >
AKHENATEN by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2000

"Mahfouz is a marvel: a fabulist of real genius whose expressive power and mastery of narrative economy haven't diminished an iota in more than a halfcentury of inspired literary achievement."
A first US publication of a 1985 novel, by the 1988 Nobel laureate, examines the life of the "heretic" pharaoh of Egypt's 18th dynasty (of, roughly, the 14th century b.c.), whose stubborn embrace of monotheism challenged his culture's most cherished traditions and may have precipitated his early death. Read full book review >
RAIN LINE by Anne Whitney Pierce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2000

"Small in scope, but an elegant foray into beauty gleaned from tragedy."
A lyrical first novel from Pierce (stories: Galaxy Girls: Wonder Women, 1994) about a tragic death and a corresponding birth. Read full book review >
FICTIONS AND LIES by Irina Ratushinskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2000

"Charm carries Ratushinskaya's debut fiction over its structural hurdles, allowing a look into the challenges and paradoxes of creative life behind the former Iron Curtain."
A suspenseful expedition into the sad, complicated world of 1970s Soviet writers, who apparently spent more time concealing their work to avoid KGB arrest than banging away at typewriters, borrows authenticity and weight from the author's own seven-year imprisonment for "anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda" (the 1988 memoir Grey is the Color of Hope). Read full book review >
THE WHOLE TRUTH by Nancy Pickard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Marie seems like a keeper. (Mystery Guild featured alternate selection; author tour)"
Pickard (The Blue Corn Murders, 1998, etc.) launches a new series introducing crime writer Marie Lightfoot, who covers spectacular murder trials and turns them into bestsellers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >