Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

NULL STATES by Malka Older
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Carefully researched, prescient, thoughtful, and disturbing."
The second in a near-future series in which most of the world is governed by microdemocracy—in which groups of 100,000 people, or "centenals," vote for their government according to policy, not location. Read full book review >
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Everything that her readers, the National Book Award committee, and the Pulitzer Prize judges love about McDermott's (Someone, 2013, etc.) stories of Irish-Catholic American life is back in her eighth novel."
In Brooklyn in the early 20th century, The Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor are intimately involved in the lives of their community. Read full book review >

JANE, UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Not for everyone, but adventurous readers will find it charming, thought-provoking, and utterly sui generis. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
A seemingly innocuous choice leads to wildly divergent potential futures in a genre-busting departure for a lauded fantasy author (Bitterblue, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GOOD PEOPLE by Hannah Kent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"If Stevie Wonder is correct, when you believe in things you don't understand, then you suffer. Kent's novel validates his indictment of superstition."
A battle between belief systems in rural 19th-century Ireland forms the backdrop for Kent's (Burial Rites, 2013) unblinking examination of the corrosive costs of poverty and ignorance. Read full book review >
THE TRICK by Emanuel Bergmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Your basic sweet, funny, magical Holocaust story."
A 10-year-old boy's quest to save his parents' marriage puts him on the trail of a Holocaust survivor known as "The Great Zabbatini." Read full book review >

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Fans will be delighted, the mildly curious exhausted. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
A frenetic epistolary novel of friends weathering their freshman years of college. Read full book review >
JUDGMENT by David Bergelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Nearly 90 years after its original publication, this ahead-of-its-time novel by one of the best-known Yiddish writers of his era proves powerfully relevant in its first English translation."
Bergelson's politically charged novel, first published in Yiddish in 1929, reflects on the dark absurdities of life along the Ukraine-Poland border circa 1920. Read full book review >
CAROLINE by Sarah Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Beguiling, pulse-pounding historical fiction."
The Ingalls family loads everything they own onto a wagon and heads west from Wisconsin to the unsettled Kansas Territory, but this time, the tale is told from Caroline's perspective. Read full book review >
CAVEMAN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Brad  Rau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A conspiracy story buoyed by childlike weirdness and heart."
This surreal fantasy finds a woman legally bound to a short, hairy man of unknown origin. Read full book review >
BELLADONNA by Daša Drndic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An elegant novel of ideas concerning decidedly inelegant topics, empathetic but unforgiving."
A pensive, provocative novel of history, memory, and our endlessly blood-soaked times by one of the foremost writers to have emerged from the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >
GO, WENT, GONE by Jenny Erpenbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A lyrical, urgent artistic response to a history that is still unfolding."
Searching novel of the Berlin refugee crisis by Erpenbeck, considered one of the foremost contemporary German writers. Read full book review >
HAME by Annalena McAfee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2017

"Impressive worldbuilding, but to what end?"
An idiosyncratic and ambitious novel from the author of The Spoiler (2012). 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 >