Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE HUSBAND HOUR by Jamie Brenner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Fans of light romance and family reunions will savor this sensitive portrait of love transcending grief."
Lauren Kincaid just wants to escape the public eye, but that isn't so easy as the widow of Rory, an NHL hockey player who enlisted in the Army and was killed in action while serving in Iraq. She hopes to gain some privacy to mourn by retreating to her family's beach house on the Jersey shore. Read full book review >
THEORY OF BASTARDS by Audrey Schulman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Beguiling, irreverent, and full of heart."
In the midst of a powerful climate-change event, a brilliant young scientist pursues her radical study of evolutionary biology in this intriguing mix of speculative and ecological fiction. Read full book review >

RUBIK by Elizabeth Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"An intriguing, high-concept effort cut from the same generational cloth as Tumblr and Wattpad."
Tan's debut novel is both a love letter to fandom and a sustained meditation on alienation, artificiality, and the sinister nature of capitalism. Read full book review >
THEN SHE WAS GONE by Lisa Jewell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Dark and unsettling, this novel's end arrives abruptly even as readers are still moving at a breakneck speed."
Ten years after her teenage daughter went missing, a mother begins a new relationship only to discover she can't truly move on until she answers lingering questions about the past. Read full book review >
A NANTUCKET WEDDING by Nancy Thayer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A delightful beach-town tale about family relationships and second chances."
A middle-aged widow meets a handsome CEO and is finally getting another chance at love, but she has her work cut out for her when she tries to blend two families of adult children. Read full book review >

SHATTERED MIRROR by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Exhausting. Only die-hard fans need apply."
A mad bomber is on the loose, and forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her family are in the cross hairs. Read full book review >
WEST by Carys Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A masterful first novel—the sort of book that warms even as it devastates, that forces serious reflection and yet charms."
In the early 19th century, a man quests into the American West and finds a world teetering between extinction and dreams. Read full book review >
THE LINDEN TREE by César Aira
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A funny, sardonic, and richly emotional journey through one man's interior experience."
An ethereal ramble through the sweet haze of nostalgia by the prolific Argentinean writer Aira (The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
ANTIQUE BLUES by Jane K. Cleland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Another gift for antiques lovers, full of usable information on treasure hunting and a mystery replete with red herrings."
A request from a friend to appraise her new purchase leads antiques appraiser Josie Prescott [16] (The Glow Of Death, 2016, etc.) into a morass of murder. Read full book review >
THE GLASS ROOM by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Cleeves (Hidden Depths, 2018, etc.) has created a masterful though not always likable detective who uses her uncanny knack for crime-solving to identify an unexpected killer."
A series of fictional plots are pressed into service as blueprints for real-life crimes at a writers' retreat. Read full book review >
DEAD GIRL RUNNING  by Christina Dodd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A vivid, creative—though slightly far-fetched—romantic suspense novel."
When a Washington coastal resort that unwittingly plays host to an international smuggling ring comes under siege, the manager has to sort friend from foe. Read full book review >
THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by Robert Dugoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Although the author acknowledges in a postscript that his story is perhaps 'too episodic,' his life of Sam Hell is inspiring and aglow with the promise of redemption."
Quite a departure from Dugoni's dark novels about Detective Tracy Crosswhite (The Trapped Girl, 2017, etc.): the frankly inspirational tale of a boy who overcomes the tremendous obstacles occasioned by the color of his eyes. 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 >