Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1823)

THE CHARACTERS OF LOVE by Susie Boyt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Second-novelist Boyt (The Normal Man, published only in UK) begins by crafting a complex psychological portrait of her protagonist, but then resorts to a serviceable romance plot that veers away from any deep or original exploration of the ways love and obsession can commingle."
In an attempt to plumb the nature of obsessional love, this slim British novel dabbles with psychological motivations but comes up with a pretty simplistic analysis. Read full book review >
SHADOW WOMAN by Thomas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"The suspense is unrelenting."
Marriage doesn't stop Jane Whitefield (Dance for the Dead, 1996, etc.) from taking on one last hazardous disappearing act for a client whose pursuers just won't give up. Read full book review >

TOUCH AND GO by Eugene Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Various and worthwhile, from Lynch-like bits of surrealism to steady-handed realism, Stein's literary fictions will surprise those literary types who may hold his high-powered job against him."
The author of the novel Straitjacket and Tie (1994) displays a greater narrative range, and more stylistic daring, in this first collection of 13 stories. Read full book review >
THE SUPERLATIVE MAN by Herbert Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Intended as a commentary on heroism and hero-worship, this arch narrative lacks the wit (or camp) to transcend its tired generic conventions."
A peculiar first novel that reads like a rejected scenario for a Superman adventure. Read full book review >
PATRIOT FUTURE by Milton Johns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"A so-so debut, long on agitprop and shoot-'em-up action, short on motive and internal logic."
In 2021, the New Liberty party has transformed America: hunger, homelessness, unemployment, the national debt—all have been banished; income tax, however, is cripplingly high, and political correctness is required by law. Read full book review >

AMETHYST DREAMS by Phyllis A. Whitney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Not this eightysomething author's best, then, but her obvious relish for the romantic suspense genre is charming."
Whitney's 39th novel (Daughter of the Stars, 1994, etc.) is a confusing mishmash of plot and character, but the author's usual enthusiasm for setting and historical background will continue to please her fans. Read full book review >
SECRECY by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Plain Plain (Promises, 1986, etc.), but nonetheless name- anointed for success. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
Plain returns, this time with the story of a young rape victim struggling to overcome obstacles to intimacy and true love. Read full book review >
MONKEY BRIDGE by Lan Cao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

A wonderfully written but unengaging first novel about a young Vietnamese refugee who, in 1975, is airlifted from Saigon and only later learns of her family's dark past. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Unlike a recording of opera excerpts, this collection doesn't provide enough highlights from artists who've mostly done their far better work elsewhere."
As even the perfect Wagnerite knows, it's not easy to tell a compelling story while providing great music, and atmosphere prevails over mystery-mongering in most of these 15 stories (194793) chosen by Manson and Halligan (Murder Intercontinental, 1996). Read full book review >
THE MISCONCEIVER by Lucy Ferriss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Ferriss (Against Gravity, 1996, etc.) worthily acknowledges the complexities of the abortion debate, and her dystopia, if not wildly original, is thoroughly imagined—yet ultimately the tale remains constrained by its narrow focus and muddled plot."
A pleasantly unpolemical, if plodding, novel about a 21st-century abortionist who's haunted by the memory of her political-activist sister. Read full book review >
MEETING THE MINOTAUR by Carol Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"It's time to put Dawson's name on the Contemporary Am Lit reading list."
Another wonderfully adventurous and imaginative novel from the highly praised author of The Waking Spell (1992) and Body of Knowledge (1994). Read full book review >
DADDY COOL by Donald Goines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

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Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >