Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

MATCHBOX THEATRE by Michael Frayn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"For lovers of classic farce, Monty Python and the wildly diverse British sense of humor."
Tony Award-winning playwright and novelist Frayn (Skios, 2012, etc.) busts out a delectably droll collection of theatrical diversions.Read full book review >
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Spellbinding and surprising."
From beyond the grave, a brutally murdered woman watches as her killer's accidental survivor begins to piece together disturbing clues. Read full book review >

LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >
THE ALPHABET HOUSE by Jussi Adler-Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A study of loyalty confronting madness and evil."
Adler-Olsen (The Marco Effect, 2014, etc.) begins his first stand-alone thriller with a World War II reconnaissance mission. Read full book review >
NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES by Bryan Bliss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Thoughtful readers may take interest in Abigail's self-discoveries. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Even though the end of the world didn't happen, it still feels like it to Abigail. Read full book review >

WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED by Tricia Stirling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Unexpected, uncanny, unforgettable. (Magical realism. 14 & up)"
A mix of the mundane and the magical permeates this slender portrait of a girl in pain. Read full book review >
THE ELIOT GIRLS by Krista Bridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"A patina of restraint and deeply buried resentment infuses every passage and short, meaning-laden exchange, making this a minutely observed if occasionally claustrophobic portrait of personal awakenings.
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When 15-year-old Audrey, a weak student, enters an ultracompetitive private girls school to please her mother, who's a teacher there, mother and daughter soon discover a culture of repression, gossip and vicious pranks.
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THE AMERICAN LOVER by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"Wholly enthralling, these stories gleam with human desire and malice and hope as they move between Tolstoy's Russia, World War II France and present-day London."
Loneliness and lust eddy through the pages of a dexterous collection of short stories by Tremain (Merivel, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
TOTAL WAR ROME: THE SWORD OF ATTILA by David Gibbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Although much of the plot is just too convenient, Gibbins does know his history, and the novel rings true with the sounds of hand-to-hand combat."
Comfortably formulaic saga of Rome's military might continues with epic characters who tread the breadth of Europe for honor. Read full book review >
GOLDEN STATE by Stephanie Kegan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A novel that strikes all the proper notes but doesn't quite blend them together or inspire."
An upper-middle-class woman's life and marriage are disturbed when she suspects her beloved older brother is a serial bomber in this quiet second novel from Kegan (The Baby, 1990), inspired by the story of David Kaczynski, who turned in his brother for being the Unabomber. Read full book review >
KVACHI by Mikheil Javakhishvili
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A lost classic of Georgian writing, of considerable interest to students of the early Soviet era and Russian Civil War."
A sprawling picaresque novel from the Russian periphery. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES IN IMMEDIATE IRREALITY by Max Blecher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A stylistically brittle, psychologically intense story of a young man who knows that his time is almost up."
A new translation of a long-lost philosophical novel by the late Jewish Romanian writer Blecher (1909-1938). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >