Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE SEA HOUSE by Elisabeth Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Gifford's mournful but very readable romance achieves surprising emotional depths. A writer to watch."
On a distant Scottish island, a mermaid myth, a vengeful maid's observations, a minister's breakdown and a haunted woman's psychological barriers combine in a gloomily impassioned gothic exploration of belonging. Read full book review >
NORTHANGER ABBEY by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Northanger Abbey is frequently thought of alongside Austen's juvenilia. Too often, this oddly literal reimagining comes off as simply juvenile."
In the second installment of the Austen Project, which has contemporary writers updating the classic novels, McDermid (Cross and Burn, 2013, etc.) strives to reinvigorate an overlooked Gothic parody with a 21st-century makeover. Read full book review >

THE STEADY RUNNING OF THE HOUR by Justin Go
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Go is a maximalist (lofty emotions, extreme settings) punching above his weight."
Young love in old Europe; 80 years later, the search for a fortune. Read full book review >
THE EXPEDITION TO THE BAOBAB TREE by Wilma Stockenström
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A challenging, compelling work for readers who are willing to give it the concentration it demands."
An early-1980s South African novel about a female slave living in a tree receives American publication three decades after it was written. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Lois Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Of interest mainly to fans, this collection stands as a tribute to the body of work that has poured out of Duncan's pen since she herself was a girl. (Short stories. 12 & up)"
Readers of a certain age will recall reading Duncan's stories in Seventeen and Calling All Girls. Read full book review >

DEATH MONEY by Henry Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The plot is familiar and forgettable, but Jack's odyssey is consistently fast-paced, edgy and flavorful. Sometimes it really is better to travel hopefully than to arrive."
NYPD Detective Jack Yu scours Chinatown to find out who killed a man whose body was found miles away. Read full book review >
BAUDELAIRE'S REVENGE by Bob Van Laerhoven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The flowers of evil, sketched in lurid botanical detail."
As the Second Empire wanes, a series of murders baffles a dissolute Parisian police commissioner and his long-suffering factotum. Read full book review >
THE VOODOO BREAST by Eve Wallinga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The Big Easy stars in this affecting novel about a couple's unusual route to redemption."
A paranormal novel set in jazz-filled New Orleans. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2014

"An entertaining but overstuffed send-up that sometimes bogs down in provocations."
Avant-garde scenesters subject a square billionaire to cultural readjustment in this raucous debut satire. Read full book review >
THE BEND OF THE WORLD by Jacob Bacharach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2014

"A mischievous but fuzzy misadventure for modern 20-somethings."
Things fall apart when a slacker slouches his way through the vagaries of work and the phosphorescence of the Pittsburgh arts scene. Read full book review >
ASTONISH ME by Maggie Shipstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2014

"Perceptive and well-written though marred by its peculiar chronology."
After satirizing privileged WASPs in her prize-winning first novel (Seating Arrangements, 2012), Shipstead investigates another rarefied world: ballet. Read full book review >
THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by John Spurling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thoroughly enjoyable literary sojourn by a master of historical fiction."
With this richly told historical novel, English author Spurling (A Book of Liszts, 2011, etc.) takes readers back to the China of seven centuries ago. Read full book review >