Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

BESS AND FRIMA by Alice Rosenthal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Sentimentality and a lack of original material prevent this novel from coming to life."
A pair of best friends yearns for love and a larger life. Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE'S LOVE AFFAIRS by D. Wystan Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"While sometimes overly sentimental, this collection shows promise in its darker moments."
Lonely people look for love. Read full book review >

WHEN A DUKE LOVES A WOMAN by Lorraine Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A tale that initially seems poised to challenge Cinderella conventions but fails to fulfill that promise, as if it wanted a claim to progressive politics but could not imagine a real alternative to gilded-cage tradition."
In the second novel in the Sins for All Seasons series, a duke looking for his runaway bride stumbles into the path of a Whitechapel businesswoman and finds himself rethinking his arranged marriage. Read full book review >
FOUNDRYSIDE by Robert Jackson Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"If you accept the notion that the laws of gravity are just suggestions, this makes for a grand entertainment."
Bennett (City of Miracles, 2017, etc.) inaugurates another series of imaginative, thoroughly idiosyncratic fantasy novels. Read full book review >
GIANT DAYS by Non Pratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Great fun. (Fiction. 13-adult)"
English author Pratt's (Floored, 2018, etc.) latest is an original story based on the graphic novel of the same name. Read full book review >

SIGHT by Jessie Greengrass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Greengrass digs deep below the surface to explore the human condition and presents the reader with unearthed truths to ponder and pocket."
This debut novel considers the intrinsic intimacy and distance between mother and daughter, from the perspective of a narrator who is both, as well as the struggle to clearly see one another and oneself. Read full book review >
MAGDALENA MOUNTAIN by Robert Michael Pyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Worthy company for work by other naturalist/novelists: Nabokov, Matthiessen, Kingsolver."
An elegant, eccentric novel of love, loneliness, and lepidoptera. Read full book review >
OHIO by Stephen Markley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"This is a big character-driven epic, though it's overinflated in its pronouncements about its setting."
A group of young men and women aggressively affected by the post-9/11 world reconverge in their Ohio hometown. Read full book review >
SWIFT VENGEANCE by T. Jefferson Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Prolific Parker's impressive prose and skill in sketching concise character portraits make his complex follow-up to The Room of White Fire (2017) an all-too-believable page-turner."
A private eye seeking to help a military friend matches wits with a devious, deviant killer. Read full book review >
THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Melodramatic yet wildly entertaining, with a smashing twist."
A woman meets her dream guy, but his mother is something out of a nightmare in Jones' debut thriller. Read full book review >
PRESIDIO by Randy Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Kennedy has a fertile imagination he lets drift into many beguiling detours, and the writing sparkles throughout."
Two estranged brothers and an unexpected passenger embark on a road trip through Texas to recover stolen money in this strong debut. Read full book review >
WHISKEY WHEN WE'RE DRY by John Larison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Like a pair of distressed designer jeans, the narrative's scruffiness can feel a little too engineered, but the narrator's voice is engaging and down-to-earth."
A young woman with a knack for trick shooting heads west in the late 1800s to track down her outlaw brother. 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 >