Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2632)

HEY, COWBOY, WANNA GET LUCKY? by Baxter Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"What's missing is focus and a more absorbing narrative line."
Cowboy poet Black's debut, ``a rodeo novel,'' is fast out of the chute, but a cluttered, corny ride. Read full book review >
BLUEFEATHER FELLINI IN THE SACRED REALM by Max Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Despite a few minor missteps, this pseudo-noir send-up will hold the reader's attention until the raucous conclusion."
The further misadventures of Bluefeather Fellini offer good silly fun from noted western author Evans (The Rounders, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

ANABASIS by Ellen Gilchrist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A pro ventures out on a limb, and it cracks."
Although it is something of a relief that Gilchrist (Starcarbon, etc.) has struck out in a new direction after writing so much about the Hand family, this bland tale of a goody-good slave girl set in Greece in 431 b.c. lacks even a touch of irony. Read full book review >
THE LIGHT BEARER by Donna Gillespie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Earnest ambitions, but essentially a protracted, middling love story."
Set in the Roman Empire, a debut novel that rivals the ancient epics—at least for length. Read full book review >
NONE TO ACCOMPANY ME by Nadine Gordimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A vintage display of the moral passion, tempered by unsentimental understanding of the imperfect way we must work out our ideals in the real world, that makes Gordimer one of the most electrifying writers in modern literature. (First printing of 60,000)"
After the relatively disappointing My Son's Story (1990), Nobelist Gordimer is back near the top of her form in a challenging novel of personal and social transformation in a changing South Africa. Read full book review >

RUNAWAY by Heather Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"We pant for more."
This big-time bodice ripper from Graham (One Wore Blue; And One Wore Gray, not reviewed) is the first in a five-part saga about Florida. Read full book review >
WINTER BIRDS by Jim Grimsley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Authentically brutal but not much more."
Although playwright Grimsley graces it with an effective device—an adult narrator recounts the story to the young protagonist in the second person—this emotional debut staggers under the weight of preciousness. Read full book review >
SCAR TISSUE by Michael Ignatieff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A tough read but worth it."
This often clinically detailed novel from Ignatieff (Asya, 1991; Blood and Belonging, p. 115) mourns a beloved parent and addresses various kinds of loss: of memory, of faith in conventional medicine, and of pieties. Read full book review >
PERSISTENT RUMOURS by Lee Langley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Readers who have guessed the end have probably guessed wrong, while those who resisted guesswork won't be able to put the book down."
This latest offering from British author Langley (From the Broken Tree, 1978, etc.) again straddles the boundaries of pulp and serious fiction. Read full book review >
THE CIRCLES I MOVE IN by Diane Lefer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Attention-deficit disorder plagues these shallow forgettables."
One humdrum tale follows another, lulling readers into a somnolent state induced by a writer who's been published in Redbook and Playgirl. Read full book review >
THE JOURNALIST by Harry Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Mathews chronicles his diarist's dilemma with humor and gentle irony; his slide into the abyss occasions more bemusement than terror."
There are no safe places for the disintegrating self, not even the private journal; that is what the unnamed ``journalist'' discovers in this teasing, lightly involving novel from Mathews (Singular Pleasures, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GRANDMOTHER'S TALE by R.K. Narayan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Narayan, a Talkative Man himself, writes out of a love of the sound of human voices trying to make sense of the world."
This grouping of stories, most of which were published previously, confirms Indian novelist and short-story writer Narayan (Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories, 1985, etc.) as a writer who views narrative as an infinitely superior form of intelligence to mere reason. 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 >