Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB by Julie Pennell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A light novel in which women take charge of their own happily-ever-afters."
Marrying young seems romantic to four young Louisiana friends, but their Prince Charmings turn out to have clay feet. Read full book review >
JOURNEYMAN by Marc Bojanowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Bojanowski's novel is layered and thoughtful but aspires to heights it doesn't quite reach."
A rootless carpenter searches for home in Bojanowksi's second novel (The Dog Fighter, 2004). Read full book review >

THE YEAR OF THE COMET by Sergei Lebedev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This gorgeously written, unsettling novel—a rare work about the fall of the Soviet Union as told through the eyes of a child—leaves us with a fresh understanding of that towering moment in recent history."
Lebedev follows up Oblivion (2016), his powerful novel about the atrocities of the gulag, with this autobiographical tale of a boy's coming-of-age during the years leading to the fall of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
WINTER OF THE GODS  by Jordanna Max Brodsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A preposterous page-turner."
A follow-up to The Immortals (2016) in which ancient Greek gods assume 21st-century identities and band together to fight a threat to their millennia-old existence. Read full book review >
MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing and impressive while remaining inextricable from its dramatic context."
In an eye-opening departure from her previous fantasy yarns (Poison Fruit, 2014, etc.), Carey reimagines the back story of Shakespeare's The Tempest as a tale of star-crossed lovers. Sort of. Read full book review >

WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Too beholden to sentimentality and cliché, this novel fails to establish a uniquely realized perspective."
Hunter's debut novel tracks the experiences of her family members during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
BE MY WOLFF by Emma Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Long, slow-moving, and more than a little precious."
A self-consciously Dickensian account of an unconventional love from the author of Sister Crazy (2001) and the memoir Feed My Dear Dogs (2005). Read full book review >
THE NEARNESS OF YOU by Amanda Eyre Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Looks like literary fiction, smells like literary fiction, tastes like literary fiction—but sensational developments, tabloid situations, and clairvoyant dreams take Ward's (This Same Sky, 2015,etc.) topical plot into telenovela territory."
A young surrogate mother changes her mind and goes AWOL. Read full book review >
THE FORTUNATE ONES by Ellen Umansky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Umansky's richly textured and peopled novel tells an emotionally and historically complicated story with so much skill and confidence it's hard to believe it's her first."
A missing painting connects the lives of Rose, a woman who escaped the Holocaust as a young girl, and Lizzie, a 37-year-old lawyer whose father just died. Read full book review >
THE DIME by Kathleen Kent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing. Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman."
Kent (The Outcasts, 2013, etc.) introduces a tough and engaging new detective in this police thriller set in Dallas. Read full book review >
WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An elegantly crafted paean to the cleansing power of truth. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
"If only lonely were a more accurate word. It should sound much less pretty." Read full book review >
THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Mildly entertaining, Ryan's debut novel seems overfamiliar and too intent on warming the heart."
While their men are off fighting the Nazis, the women in the English village of Chilbury struggle to carry on. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >