Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE by Leah Weiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Part gothic, part romance, part heartbreaking Loretta Lynn ballad—Weiss' tale is a beguiling, compelling read."
Born and raised in Baines Creek, high in the thin air of the Appalachian Mountains, Sadie Blue has been beaten by her husband, Roy Tupkin, for the last time. Read full book review >
THE SABOTEUR by Andrew Gross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A terrific story filled with tension and surprises right to the end. That's two World War II winners in a row for Gross (The One Man, 2016, etc.)."
A suspenseful World War II thriller based on actual events. Read full book review >

PEN AMERICA BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2017 by Yuka  Igarashi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A welcome addition to the run of established short story annuals, promising good work to come."
Worthy showcase of winning short fiction by recipients of a newly established PEN prize. Read full book review >
THE MASSACRE OF MANKIND by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A richly described and action-packed, albeit forgettable, glimpse into the near future of a science-fiction classic."
After writing an award-winning sequel to H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (The Time Ships, 1995), Baxter revisits another Wells classic, War of the Worlds, with a sequel to the seminal 1898 tale of alien invasion. Read full book review >
AN ECHO OF THINGS TO COME by James Islington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Though the book is vastly overelaborate, the steady pace and intricately fascinating details are relentlessly gripping; fans of the first volume won't be disappointed."
Second part of Islington's doorstopper epic fantasy trilogy (The Shadow of What Was Lost, 2016), set in a world of the Gifted, whose magic lies in being able to tap into their own life force, and the Augurs, who wield a higher-order magic. Read full book review >

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Melissa Pimentel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Aside from the problematic ending, a serviceable, well-paced romance."
Pimentel (Love by the Book, 2015, etc.) joins the ongoing modernized-Jane Austen trend with this take on Persuasion. Read full book review >
EASTMAN WAS HERE by Alex Gilvarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A persuasive glimpse of the world of early-1970s publishing and journalism, but it lacks much of a message to deliver about it."
A middle-aged literary lion heads to Vietnam to revive his respectability as a writer and husband. Read full book review >
REINCARNATION BLUES by Michael Poore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman's Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams."
The oldest soul on planet Earth is given five last chances to get life right. Read full book review >
YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"This book will not only thoroughly entertain everyone who reads it; it is the most immaculate takedown of slut-shaming in literature or anywhere else. Cheers, and gratitude, to the author."
When a young political intern in South Florida has an affair with her boss, it leads to disaster—at least at first. Read full book review >
MIDWINTER BREAK by Bernard MacLaverty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A closely observed, deeply sympathetic rendering of a relationship and the fissures that threaten to wreck it."
The Belfast-born writer etches an affecting portrait of a couple more than 40 years married as they confront the idea that one of them is thinking of leaving. Read full book review >
I KNOW A SECRET by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"One character's statement that 'sometimes up really is down' applies to this complex and enjoyable story. It's a worthy addition to the series."
The latest in the Rizzoli and Isles series (Die Again, 2014, etc.) mixes martyrdom, murder, and mystery. Read full book review >
MONTPELIER PARADE by Karl Geary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A relentlessly downbeat but often poignant novel about flawed and despairing lovers testing—and transgressing—border walls of various kinds."
The debut novel from screenwriter and actor Geary, set a generation ago in Dublin, depicts a dark, sad, doomed, and deeply unconventional love affair. 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 >