Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THINGS YOU WON'T SAY by Sarah Pekkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Pekkanen reliably builds strong, interesting characters, but here, a plot too important for melodrama fails them."
A timely topic—the police shooting of a Hispanic youth—from a bestselling writer better known for domestic dramas. Read full book review >
THE SHORE by Sara Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"The closed ecosystem of The Shore provides Taylor with an ideal setting for illuminating the course of Life over Time."
An isolated stretch of coastal Virginia provides the eerie backdrop for a series of interconnecting tales of entrapment and escape. Read full book review >

We Came All This Way by Mike Heppner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Well-written and intriguing."
Abandoning the rest of her family, a woman runs away with her daughter to join her brother on a man-made island/new nation and reflects on what brought her there. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN THE BLOOD by Stephen Lloyd Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A superior sequel, Jones' tale of a people struggling for survival is as emotionally compelling as it is frightening."
Leah Wilde, one of the last descendants of the hosszú életek, a mythic Hungarian clan with shape-shifting abilities, risks her life against dark forces in an attempt to save her widely scattered people from extinction. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELS OF DANIEL ASCHER by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Despite occasionally heavy subject matter, it's a lightweight intellectual exercise."
Lévy-Bertherat's debut novel is a story about storytelling—both historical and personal. Read full book review >

DIETLAND by Sarai Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Part Fight Club, part feminist manifesto, an offbeat and genre-bending novel that aims high—and delivers."
Hilarious, surreal, and bracingly original, Walker's ambitious debut avoids moralistic traps to achieve something rarer: a genuinely subversive novel that's also serious fun. Read full book review >
DIME by E.R. Frank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Dime's desire to save her friend transcends artifice and approaches heroism, making for a tremendously affecting novel. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Frank's first novel since Wrecked (2005) is a searing examination of teenage prostitution.Read full book review >
THE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
In his sixth novel, Bacigalupi (The Doubt Factory, 2014, etc.) imagines the vicious conflicts that might arise in a world of severe water scarcity.Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY MEANS by Robin Schneider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Readers will do better to seek out The Fault in Our Stars.(Fiction. 14 & up)"
When Lane's drug-resistant tuberculosis lands him in a sanatorium, he finds that one of the other residents is a girl he met at summer camp years ago. Read full book review >
KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Best friends leave New York City for the first time and take a transformative road trip to Los Angeles. Read full book review >
A HAND REACHED DOWN TO GUIDE ME by David Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2015

"A well-turned but overly familiar sequence of domestic dramas."
For his first work of fiction in more than a decade, Gates explores—though maybe the better term is strip-mines—well-off souls hitting the skids thanks to divorce, illness, self-medication, or some combination thereof. Read full book review >
CONFUCIUS SAYS by Veronica Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2015

"An affecting look at caring for aging parents and a story of the nuances of Chinese culture."
A story of a woman caring for her parents with as much filial piety as she can muster. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >