Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1823)

INSHALLAH by Oriana Fallaci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Fallaci's passionate involvement in just about everything human, including inshallah—fate—is magnificent finally—exhausting and embarrassing much of the time, but a feat of unflinching and intelligent attention by a dynamo."
Italian journalist Fallaci (Letter to a Child Never Born, 1977, etc.; the novel A Man, 1980) here delivers herself of a ``miniature Iliad'' focused on the Italian contingent of Allied forces sent to Beirut when that city was destroying itself following the Sabra and Shatila massacres; she pays enormous homage to her countrymen by making them Everymen. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Most of the tales are suitable for adults and children alike, and a number would make good bedtime reading."
A sequel to last year's Best-Loved Stories that, again, is a literary record of oral tellings that have taken place at the national festival, held annually since 1973. Read full book review >

A BOWL OF CHERRIES by Shena Mackay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An unusual mix but it works—exceedingly well."
A cast of definably colorful and singular characters in a surprisingly affecting tale of family love and deceit from Britisher Mackay (Toddler on the Run, 1966; Old Crow, 1967). Read full book review >
MOSTLY HARMLESS by Douglas Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1992

"Might raise the odd grin among the terminally amused."
Mostly limp and inane: That's the sad reality of this, the fifth in Adams's once respectably droll Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Read full book review >
THE LOST BOY by Thomas Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"Here, it appears with cuts restored."
A year before his own premature death in 1938, Wolfe wrote this slender and evocative novella about the long-ago and sudden death by typhoid of his older brother Grover, an event that took place in 1904, when Grover was 12 and Wolfe only four. Read full book review >

ALEMBIC by Timothy d'Arch Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"Even the esoterica—the only thing that might have carried the reader along—gets washed away in this tide."
Recondite fiction by a London antiquarian and bibliophile who seems to have figured Pynchon's voice without grasping his depth. Read full book review >
EVIL TIME by P.S. Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 1992

"Two-fisted, inelegant, and rather rambly."
A Hollywood screenwriter sorts out much of the very big mess a pretty lady has got herself into—from pseudonymous CIA veteran Donoghue (The Dublin Affair, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
FOLLY by Susan Minot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 1992

"Rich with pleasures from start to end, so long as you don't mind their being mainly secondhand."
Minot (Monkeys; Lust) is a curious writer: hardly a particle of her work is original, but she writes brilliantly in the tone, manner, and style of past writers—Fitzgerald, Hemingway, James, Cather, Woolf, even Marquand and Evan Connell—the flavor and energies of whose work she seems to have absorbed like blotting paper. Read full book review >
NIGHT PEOPLE by Barry Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 1992

"Except that many might wish he'd stop quoting Faulkner."
The author of Sailor's Holiday, Wild at Heart, etc., has long since proven himself the king of fast-food surrealism. Read full book review >
ARMS OF NEMESIS by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Wily Cicero's absence leaves Gordianus without much of a plot, but Saylor convincingly transposes the English country-house conventions to ancient Rome, and his scene-setting—especially at the Sibyl's shrine at Cumae—is effectively atmospheric."
Gordianus the Finder, Cicero's hired investigator who first appeared in Roman Blood (1991), gets his own case when Marcus Crassus, the richest man in the world, summons him to his opulent villa to look into the murder of Crassus' cousin and overseer Lucius Licinius. Read full book review >
MOLOCH, or THIS GENTILE WORLD by Henry Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A period piece, often boring, filled with likable grotesques and gritty street-sights in Manhattan and Brooklyn."
Miller's lost first complete novel, which—along with the unfinished Crazy Cock (1991) that followed— was unearthed in 1988. Read full book review >
DONOVAN'S WIFE by Tom Wicker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Read it and weep."
Crisscrossing sexual allegations heat up a dirty, vacuous Senate race: a bittersweet election-year bonbon from veteran journalist Wicker (One of Us, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >