Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

RED CAVALRY by Isaac Babel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Short but emotionally deep studies of life during wartime."
A classic series of wartime sketches in a translation that emphasizes their lyricism and dark comedy. Read full book review >
COUP DE FOUDRE by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A mixed bag: not as satisfying as Kalfus' recent novels, though technically accomplished and often with great insight into the curious ways of people."
A gathering of new stories by Kalfus (Equilateral, 2013, etc.), drawing on his long-established interests in history, science, and at least a few of the seven mortal sins. Read full book review >

LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION by Elyssa Friedland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A timely premise feels tired in Friedland's debut."
An Internet-addicted New York City woman quits cold turkey and relearns how to exist in the world sans smartphone. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTELY TRUE LIES by Rachel Stuhler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Stuhler uses her own experience as a ghostwriter for the Hollywood elite in this fun and satisfying behind-the-scenes debut novel."
A struggling writer suddenly finds herself at the center of a young starlet's world. Read full book review >
THE GUILD OF SAINT COOPER by Shya Scanlon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"An inventive but baffling literary experiment that makes just as much sense as the end of Twin Peaks."
In a near-future Seattle undergoing a slow apocalypse, a writer is convinced to undertake a heroic mission to save the city by rewriting its history. Read full book review >

GIRL IN THE MOONLIGHT by Charles Dubow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A story of the most interesting people you will ever know, told with style and verve."
In Dubow's second novel (Indiscretion, 2013)—pleasingly reminiscent of Maugham and Fitzgerald—our hero narrates a lifetime spent adoring one impossibly beautiful, out-of-reach woman. Read full book review >
BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT by Neal Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Over-the-top evil turns this otherwise excellent first novel into an exercise in extremes, but even at its worst, Griffin's work proves superior to the unrealistic fare that often passes for a police thriller."
Griffin's debut novel propels readers into the chilling worlds of big-money drugs, small-town corruption, and a murderer who strikes without conscience. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF STONE by Jonathan Papernick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Papernick (The Ascent of Eli Israel, 2002, etc.) plows fresh ground in this terrorist thriller, but for all the book's strong background elements, the young protagonist is such a mess that he loses the reader's interest."
Following the death of his father, a disgraced judge, psychologically disheveled Matthew Stone is drawn into a pre-9/11 terrorist plot by Jewish extremists in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
WHERE by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"An intriguing, but ultimately underdeveloped, premise that doesn't pay off."
A paranormal mystery about what happens when a whole town goes missing. Read full book review >
LOVE IS RED by Sophie Jaff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Katherine—and the police investigating the Sickle Man murders—could have saved time and solved the case much faster by consulting any number of stronger examples in the serial-killer subgenre."
A serial killer and the woman he covets play an elaborate game of cat and mouse in this over-the-top thriller. Read full book review >
EAT MY HEART OUT by Zoe Pilger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A darkly funny, outrageous, and unromantic novel about a young woman obsessed with love."
Gleeful weirdness and vicious satire come together in a debut novel that follows an awful yet surprisingly likable young woman as she attempts to navigate the painful confusions of love, herself, and other people. Read full book review >
ONE RAINY DAY IN MAY by Mark Z. Danielewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"And as for all the loose ends? No worries—there are 26 volumes to come in which to tie them up."
Fabulist and avant-gardist Danielewski (House of Leaves, 2000, etc.) embarks upon a long-promised 27-volume fantasia with this sprawling, continent-hopping potpourri.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >