Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1823)

POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 1992

"Female circumcision is a terrible travesty, but neither it nor Walker's talent is well served by this overwrought novel."
Here and there tantalizing remnants of the writing that made The Color Purple such a critical success, but for the most part Walker's latest is held hostage to an agenda—the eradication of female circumcision in Africa and the Middle East—a cause to which she will be contributing a portion of the royalties. Read full book review >
TEACHING ANGELS TO FLY by Salvatore La Puma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 1992

"Crude, thin work—ringing false whenever La Puma moves away from straightforward evocations of Brooklyn neighborhoods."
Like his 1990 novel, A Time for Wedding Cake, this second collection of stories from La Puma, who won a Flannery O'Connor award for The Boys of Bensonhurst (1987), is a disappointment: 14 snippets of melodrama and sentiment, only sporadically deepened by authentic ethnic flavor. Read full book review >

SHOW BUSINESS by Shashi Tharoor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1992

"Another eloquent—and entertaining—commentary on contemporary India."
Hindi movies are the metaphor for all that ails the subcontinent in this satirical tale from Tharoor (The Great Indian Novel, 1991), all about life in India's own Tinseltown— ``Bollywood,'' Bombay. Read full book review >
THE LONG NIGHT OF WHITE CHICKENS by Francisco Goldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1992

"But it's not, and it isn't."
Goldman, a contributing editor of Harper's, here tells the story of a half-Guatemalan, half-Boston-Jewish young man, Roger Graetz, and his lifelong fascination with and love for the Guatemalan orphan Flor, who lived in his house while she attended high school, later going to Wellesley, then back to Guatemala to run an orphanage. Read full book review >
LOST IN THE CITY by Edward P. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 1992

"A skillful, elegiac collection, with remarkably little sociology."
At once folksy and urbane, this debut collection of stories pulses with the lifeblood of the forgotten neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., where Jones's black people are less the victims of society than of fate and chance. Read full book review >

BENEDICTION AT THE SAVOIA by Christine O'Hagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 1992

"Arthur's Discounts—it's real and warms the heart."
An ingratiating first novel that centers on the growth of a young woman whose mores and judgments were shaped within the solidly Irish-Catholic blue-collar neighborhood of Jackson Heights (20 minutes to Manhattan by subway). Read full book review >
STALK by Louis Charbonneau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 1992

"Kapow."
A wafer-thin suspenser from Charbonneau (The Ice, 1991, etc.), this one resting on a peerlessly rickety premise: What if a man and woman, each on the run using an assumed identity provided by the government, happened to meet and set up house together? Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY OF DESIRE by Leslie Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1992

Twenty-six years after his award-winning debut (The Beasts, 1966), Garrett delivers this grim second novel about incest and its consequences for mother and child. Read full book review >
FOR THE LOVE OF ROBERT E. LEE by M.A. Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1992

"Although few readers will be able to suspend disbelief far enough to make the story work, most will want to try."
A clever and stylish first novel that manages to interweave separate narratives of the Old and New South through the visionary insight of a modern-day South Carolinian in love with Robert E. Lee. Read full book review >
CLAIRVOYANT by Alison Leslie Gold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1992

"From well-worn sources, a moving transformation into fiction of a life of suffering and—perhaps so—perception."
Gold's first novel (Anne Frank Remembered, with Miep Gies, 1987) rather captivatingly admits its debt to the large body of established ``truth'' in telling this otherwise imaginary story of Lucia Joyce's life as the tormented daughter of a towering literary genius. Read full book review >
THE DREAM SEEKERS by Grace Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1992

"A good, juicy first novel, rich with gusty scandals, strikes, and show-stoppers."
A bustling, gossipy, Belva Plain-style chat-up taking place in 1893 Chicago and peopled with some real personalities of the time, who go beyond mere cameo-hood to influence the lives of two women- -one rich and miserable, the other poor and ambitious. Read full book review >
MOTOR CITY by Bill Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1992

"Reminiscent of the early novels of Herman Wouk: old-fashioned, sexy, and with a plot just short of overwrought."
Corporate intrigue at Buick in the early 1950's, by a columnist for the Greensboro (N.C.) 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 >