Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1823)

THE TEST by Dorothy Bryant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Bryant's examinations of thorny, contemporary relationships have a docudrama punch, building as they do on sharp, harsh recognitions: a masterful portrait of an empty old age."
In Bryant's A Day in San Francisco (1983), a middle-aged woman confronted the trans-generational implications of her son's gay ``outing'' and her own past defections from family. Read full book review >
THE PRISON NOTEBOOKS OF RICHARDO FLORES MAGON by Douglas Day
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A vivid chapter in Mexican history but told by a less-than- vivid narrator."
Fictional notebooks in which a historically real Mexican anarchist intellectual describes his country's revolution of 1914, his experiences with Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, and his thoughts about the cause to which he has given his life. Read full book review >

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION by David B. Feinberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Not for the mainstream, but not, either, destined to break any ground in the gay fiction market, although it may help pass the time on the airplane or the train."
A disjointed and derivative novel about gay life in Manhattan- -a second attempt by Feinberg (Eighty-Sixed, 1989) to strike sparks from the contemporary tragedy of AIDS. B.J. is already a self-described ``emotional black hole'' when he tests positive for the HIV virus. Read full book review >
EMBRACING THE DARK by Eric Garber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Read at your own risk."
Anthology of 11 horror fantasies featuring gay werewolves and lesbian vampires, among other sex wonders. Read full book review >
THE ANTIQUE COLLECTOR by Glyn Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Marvelously original—the work of a wise and stimulating mind."
The haunting tale of a middle-aged drag queen caught in England at the advent of WW I, by a British poet and author of two previous novels who is only now making his American debut—a grievous oversight in light of this luminous and intelligent prose. Read full book review >

THE SECOND GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD by Gorman Bechard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Lots of whimsical fun here, but not so many laughs: this satire is mostly as witless as its all-too-familiar targets."
Filmmaker Bechard's first novel is the brash, broad, borscht-belt account of the life and ministry of Ilona Ann Coggswater, the daughter of God. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT RAVIOLI by Paul Mantee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"But mostly this is charming, plain, old-fun fluff."
Herein, memories of an Italian-American childhood starring one Petey Russo, a scrawny kid diligently poring over his Charles Atlas magazines, contemplating the priesthood and what's under his stepmother's skirts. Read full book review >
LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT by T.M. McNally
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Helen says, and McNally insistently chops up his narratives—occasionally achieving aesthetic success—to make them reflect human uncertainty in the face of life's surprises."
McNally's first collection of 14 stories, winner of this year's Flannery O'Connor Award, leisurely patches together instances from the lives of two interrelated families and their small circle of friends who have been touched by an accidental death and by a great deal of drifting and aimlessness. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF WINTER by Cathie Pelletier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A likely cause of cabin fever, no matter what the local climate."
Winter indeed becomes a weighty matter in this long-winded tale of two months in the life of back-country Maine—an area already thoroughly plumbed in the previous The Funeral Makers (1986) and Once Upon a Time on the Banks (1989). Read full book review >
TROPICAL NIGHT FALLIN by Manuel Puig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An extraordinary novel from a very special writer."
Puig, who died last year, could have titled his collected fiction Codependency Forever! Read full book review >
SOMETHING IN VALLARTA by Robert Richter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Well-worn storytelling with a nostalgic counterculture feel, all as comfortable as your old pair of Weejuns."
A first novel following an expatriate American, hiding from the draft and regular employment, through a lazily unspooling reel of intrigue in 1972 Mexico. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF WRITING by Alan Cheuse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

These 38 stories, almost all short-shorts, were originally chosen by the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project to be published in newspapers and read aloud on ``The Sound of Writing,'' an NPR program. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >