Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

PUTNEY by Sofka Zinovieff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Timely and nuanced."
A novel that interrogates the intersection of love, desire, and abuse. Read full book review >
STILL LIFE WITH MONKEY by Katharine Weber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Rigorously unsentimental yet suffused with emotion: possibly the best work yet from an always stimulating writer."
An architect and his wife grapple with the aftermath of a catastrophic accident in Weber's sixth novel (True Confections, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Reading anything by Slaughter is like riding a particularly scary amusement park ride. Reading this one is like booking a season ticket on a ride that never lets you off."
A plain-Jane daughter's 31st birthday celebration explodes into a nightmare within a nightmare in Slaughter's latest stand-alone. Read full book review >
WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU by Ariel Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A well-written, intricately plotted, and sympathetic portrayal of the pressures that some elite college-bound kids experience during senior year. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
An entertaining twist on a familiar theme: A high-achieving teen figures out who she really is at heart despite the pressures of the high school rat race. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF THE MISSING MAN by Manzoor Ahtesham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A sometimes-picaresque, sometimes-somber, always memorable portrait of life in all its glorious complexity, no matter how wearying."
A modern classic of Hindi literature bows in English. Read full book review >

HER KIND OF CASE by Jeanne Winer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"If she were real, Winer's heroine would be your hands-down first choice if you got in trouble. But as a lucky and hopefully law-abiding reader, you have the right to buy her next adventure and remain silent for hours as you speed through the pages."
A seasoned criminal defense attorney must draw on her experience to save a teenage client who doesn't want to be saved. Read full book review >
PENELOPE LEMON by Inman Majors
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A light and lively sendup of modern woes."
A recently divorced, financially struggling mom faces online dating challenges when a nude picture of her surfaces on the internet. Read full book review >
A HUNDRED FIRES IN CUBA by John Thorndike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A highly recommended rendering of a love affair and mysterious slice of Cuban history."
A young American woman has to choose between her Cuban lover—the father of her child—and the older rico she has married. And in novelist Thorndike's (Anna Delaney's Child, 2011, etc.) telling, this fictionalized history plays out against the early years of the Cuban revolution.Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF COMPASSION by A.B.  Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A well-thought-out legal drama, full of intrigue and duplicity."
Michaels (The Promise, 2016, etc.) offers a historical novel about a surgeon who's accused of murder after mysterious events at a medical clinic leave a man dead. Read full book review >
THE BREAKERS  by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Though it works against suspense and urgency, the emphasis on the regular cast pays off this time in a truly traumatic development you can bet Muller will be exploring in further detail in her next installment."
Sharon McCone's search for the missing daughter of a pair of old friends leads her to a flurry of crimes old and new. Read full book review >
MY PET SERIAL KILLER by Michael J. Seidlinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A stab at satire that's certainly not for all tastes."
"When there's a serial killer living next door, the end is predictable." With that self-fulfilling prophecy, Seidlinger (Standard Loneliness Package, 2018, etc.) turns in a centrifugal contribution to a favorite pop-culture trope. Read full book review >
THE ARID SKY by Emiliano Monge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"While the explicit violence is hard to stomach, Monge's novel is a brutal gem of a book concerned with the burdens of the past."
A blood-soaked yet lyrical story of regrets, memories, and the faint possibility of redemption, set in a parched Mexican mesa. 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 >