Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2634)

MY SISTER THE MOON by Sue Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 1992

"The author is not, however, a master plotter, which frustrates but still shouldn't keep prehistoric-fiction fans stuck in their Jean Auel. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for May)"
A second foray into prehistory by the author of Mother Earth Father Sky (1990). Read full book review >
SLOW POISON by Sheila Bosworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 1992

"Her writing is strong and affecting—her images stay with us like a dream we remember long after the tears on the pillow have dried."
In this second novel, a return trip deep into the dark heart of southern family life, Bosworth (Almost Innocent, 1984) is the best of guides. Read full book review >

EVER AFTER by Graham Swift
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 1992

"Unwin's losses are ranged around, but so are the bravery of his questioning memory and the fidelity of his love."
This time out, Swift (Out of This World, Waterland, Learning to Swim, etc.) at first seems to be reworking a fictional convention that's becoming tired from overuse: the writer—or, as here, the Oxford academic—who finds himself in possession of an old manuscript whose revelations dovetail with the perturbations of the modern interpreter. Read full book review >
AFTERWARD by Catherine M. Rae
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1992

"A congenial narration, pleasant ambiance, and a satisfying mystery."
Rae's cozy tales of buried scandals and genteel survival tactics, set in the (usually comfortably well-off) Manhattan of several decades ago (Sarah Cobb, 1990; Julia's Story, 1989, etc.), are becoming tighter, livelier, and, in short, better and better. Read full book review >
BURDEN OF DESIRE by Robert MacNeil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1992

"MacNeil writes wonderfully well and has a great deal to say about intelligent, middle-class people trying to sort things out in the face of calamity."
PBS newsman MacNeil's first novel is about sex and war and love and loyalty and civic calamity in early 20th-century Halifax. Read full book review >

DREAMING IN CUBAN by Cristina García
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1992

"Garcia explores Cuban culture and illustrates the dislocations of a family, but the novel—told through interior visions rather than action—lacks sufficient freshness of insight to be consistently compelling."
A patchwork of incident, memory, letters, dreams and visions provides glimpses of a Cuban family at home and in exile in the '70's and '80's, but Garcia's debut suffers from its fragmented style. Read full book review >
FLYING DUTCH by Tom Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1992

"The Flying Dutchman's problem is tedium, and it shows: mechanical plotting, predictable doings, and humor too obvious and trite to raise even a glimmer of a smile."
Another British-accented comedy-fantasy inspired by Wagner (Expecting Someone Taller, 1988, based on the Ring Cycle), here centering on the Flying Dutchman legend. Read full book review >
THE DELTA FUNCTION by Rosa Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 1992

"Could the translation be partly to blame?"
The second novel from well-known Spanish journalist Montero to be translated in the Nebraska European Women Writers Series. Read full book review >
DANGER FROM THE DEAD by E.X. Ferrars
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 1992

"It takes another murder, much wordy theorizing, a tepid police investigation and the uncovering of some tacky secrets behind respectable facades before the solution arrives—in a static exercise that only the most ardent of the author's fans could love."
Veteran Ferrars with a stilted, low-energy story about the Cleaver family—bachelor college professor Gavin; sisters Helena and Barbara; brother Nigel, director of a minor museum; his invalid wife Annabel, a successful writer of historical romances; her half- sister Caroline, an actress who was once romantically involved with Gavin and who now seems to be playing the role of nurse to Annabel. Read full book review >
THE WAY MEN ACT by Elinor Lipman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1992

"Compelling, darkly funny, defiantly romantic: a modern-day tale of manners."
Lipman's second novel may not have all the bite of her first (Then She Found Me, 1990), but, still, it serves up a ripe slice of love and life, late-80's style, complete with relevant issues: town vs. gown, truth vs. deception, and (the biggie) man vs. woman. Read full book review >
TWICE BLESSED by Ninotchka Rosca
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1992

"A low-energy outing, despite the atmosphere of excess."
Manila-born Rosca (The Monsoon Collection, 1983; State of War, 1988, and the nonfiction Endgame: The Fall of Marcos, 1987) continues her less-than-compelling exploration of power, corruption, political and sexual intrigue in the Philippines. Read full book review >
BACK IN THE BLUE HOUSE by Jeff Giles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1992

"Type B personality in a home where mother, father, and sister were Type A. Little depth or insight, but an entertaining read; survivors of troubled families who need a break from, or supplement to, 12- step programs may appreciate the author's alternate route: laughing at the past."
Another memoir (this one called ``autobiography-as-novel'') about a dysfunctional family, but instead of inspiration and pop psychology, Giles serves up suburban nightmare as nostalgic sitcom. 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 >