Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

HOSTILE TAKEOVER by Shane Kuhn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"'I'm not most people,' reflects JL. True. His closest fictional counterparts, as he'd be the first to admit, are drawn from movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and the Roadrunner cartoons."
The yuppie assassin of The Intern's Handbook (2014) confesses to an FBI interrogator how he battled traitors, government agents, good old boys, and his own smoking-hot wife.Read full book review >
A MASTER PLAN FOR RESCUE by Janis Cooke Newman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"An initially appealing, increasingly strenuous assault on the heart strings."
Burdened by guilt about his father's accidental death, a 12-year-old New York boy develops fantasies that will only be dispelled after he helps a refugee from Nazi Germany save a group of desperate Jewish children. Read full book review >

THE JOY OF KILLING by Harry N. MacLean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A dizzying and delirious meditation on desire, violence, guilt, and philosophical justification."
A middle-aged man, alone in a windswept lake cottage, considers aspects of his past, real and imagined, as he attempts to write the story of his life. Read full book review >
MAUD'S LINE by Margaret Verble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Verble, herself a member of the Cherokee Nation, tells a compelling story peopled with flawed yet sympathetic characters, sharing insights into Cherokee society on the parcels of land allotted to them after the Trail of Tears."
In rural Oklahoma in 1928, years after losing her mother, 18-year-old Maud Nail keeps her small household afloat while her father is off carousing, even as she falls in love and yearns to escape the narrow confines of her existence. Read full book review >
THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and those fascinated by the tension between free will and fate."
Set mostly in 1880s London, Pulley's debut novel twists typical steampunk elements—telegraphs, gaslight, clockwork automata—into a fresh and surprising philosophical adventure. Read full book review >

CRUSH by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This one could make it to the big screen, but don't wait for the movie. Buy the book. It may be the first of a long series."
A fast, crazy crime thriller filled with humor and smatterings of blood. Read full book review >
BENNINGTON GIRLS ARE EASY by Charlotte Silver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A caustically witty novel but one that rarely interrupts its superficiality to deliver a deeper meaning."
Silver (The Summer Invitation, 2014, etc.) tracks the friendship of two college grads attempting to make it in New York.Read full book review >
IMPERIUM by Christian Kracht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"To quote Kracht: 'quite literary but somewhat awkward.'"
Swiss writer Kracht's bestselling, experimental 2012 novel—based on the life of a real person—gets translated into English. Read full book review >
ALL THIS LIFE by Joshua Mohr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Mohr's novel builds slowly, and his empathy for the majority of his characters shines through, allowing for a genuinely felt conclusion."
A tragic event on the Golden Gate Bridge brings together a bunch of disparate people, several of whom are reeling from earlier trauma. Read full book review >
LET ME EXPLAIN YOU by Annie Liontas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A tale of an immigrant family rendered with unusual care, though it strains too hard for depth at times."
A Greek immigrant in his sunset years takes out a lifetime's worth of frustrations on his three daughters in this seriocomic debut. Read full book review >
A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES by Patrice Kindl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This airy soufflé of a tale, garnished with quirky charm, is an unmitigated delight from start to finish. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Several years after the events of Keeping the Castle (2012), the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy has opened in the rainy hamlet of Lesser Hoo. The school's mission: to ready eight young ladies, ages 12 to 19, for the marriage market. Read full book review >
THE NEW WORLD by Andrew Motion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"More of a rough approximation than an imaginative penetration of the period."
Motion, the distinguished British man of letters, has retained the two principals of Silver (2012), his robust sequel to Stevenson's Treasure Island, but otherwise, this is a stand-alone frontier novel.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >