Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE WORLD IS A WEDDING by Wendy Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"The resolution, which involves witchcraft and violent melodrama, is likely to disappoint admirers of the author's debut."
A sequel to the British author's captivating debut, The Thoughts andHappenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals (2014).Read full book review >
CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Both hopeful and devastatingly real. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
When 16-year-old Braden Raynor's father is arrested for a hit-and-run accident that leaves a police officer dead, every hidden secret is dragged into the light. Read full book review >

THE MOUNTAIN CAN WAIT by Sarah Leipciger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Written with painfully nuanced care that displays affection for nature and the laconic, working-class characters, the result is not a cheerful read but genuinely moving."
In Leipciger's debut, a moody semitragedy set in Western Canada, the lives of a single father, who's never been able to express the love he feels for his children, and his son, who's made a catastrophic mistake and fears the consequences, circle around each other. Read full book review >
THE WELL by Catherine Chanter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Chanter's poetry background is evident, as the beauty of her prose often outshines the strength of the plot, but the story is compelling if not wholly gripping."
An oasis in the midst of a countrywide drought sows more death than life in Chanter's intriguing debut. Read full book review >
LIFTED BY THE GREAT NOTHING by Karim Dimechkie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"A promising debut penned in vivid, suspenseful prose that gives a new spin to the classic tale of fathers and sons."
Twelve-year-old Max's father, Rasheed, is determined to give Max everything he longed for throughout his own childhood in Lebanon, but he can't prevent their growing alienation as Max becomes a teenager and seeks out his Lebanese heritage. Read full book review >

THE JESUS COW by Michael Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Good fun abounds when JCOW Enterprises sets up business and Harley's life becomes 'a rough approximation of things hoped for.'"
In Swivel, Wisconsin, a cow named Tina Turner has birthed a calf with Jesus' image on its flank, "the standard doe-eye Lutheran hippie iteration." Read full book review >
MISLAID by Nell Zink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"A promising premise rendered in dispirited, disappointing prose."
New novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Wallcreeper (2014).Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK by Anna North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"An engaging exploration of what it takes to make art and, more importantly, what it takes to love those who make it."
When love and art collide in Sophie Stark's life, art always wins. Read full book review >
THE GRACEKEEPERS by Kirsty Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Logan delivers a haunting, spare, and evocative debut."
A beautifully strange debut novel that draws upon folklore of the Scottish west and the isles. Read full book review >
BOO by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Smith is often amusing in cute and clever ways, but there's a slyer, more satisfying humor in the twins Tim and Tom Lu, who owe something to Lewis Carroll's Tweedledum and -dee. The book's often earnest trip over the rainbow could have used more of that."
This first novel, a fugitive from the teen bookshelves, combines a school shooting and a whimsical afterlife in a touching tale of what friendship and growing up can mean. Read full book review >
THE KNOCKOFF by Lucy Sykes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Sykes and Piazza must be connected with most of Hollywood on social media; it won't be long before this story moves off the page."
The glamorous world of fashion is met with a tech invasion in this satirical novel by fashion editor Sykes and editor/journalist Piazza (Love Rehab, 2014, etc.) Read full book review >
THE MAINTENANCE OF HEADWAY by Magnus Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Nearly flawless in its own unassuming way."
Set within the bureaucracy of the London bus system, Mills' slim novel fuses whimsy with warped logic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >