Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

WASHING THE DEAD by Michelle Brafman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Sincere but long-winded, Brafman's story cycles through a limited range of emotional chords, to numbing effect."
After decades spent suppressing sad and angry feelings toward her mother for adultery and the destruction of her childhood happiness, it's time for anguished Barbara Blumfield to make peace with her parent and herself. Read full book review >
FIFTEEN DOGS by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A clever exploration of our essence, communication, and how our societies are organized."
When is a dog not a dog? Two Greek gods bet on what would happen to 15 unsuspecting canines if they were granted human intelligence. Read full book review >

THE FAIR FIGHT by Anna Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Great characters and wild turns of events make this book a knockout."
A lady boxer, a poxy lady and a louche pretty boy tangle in 18th-century England. Read full book review >
THE MARK ON EVE by Joel Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"An intriguing novel about a woman developing her stance on women's rights over the course of America's history."
In Fox's (Lincoln's Hand, 2013, etc.) historical drama, a woman cursed with immortality dedicates her eternal life to ensuring that a female candidate makes it into the White House. Read full book review >
THE FISHERMEN by Chigozie Obioma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty."
Life changes dramatically for Benjamin, the fourth of six children, when his father, Eme, is transferred to the town of Yola by his employer, leaving his mother to raise him and his siblings back home in Akure, Nigeria in the 1990s. Read full book review >

WHISPERING SHADOWS by Jan-Philipp Sendker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"This novel explores a side of Hong Kong tourists rarely experience, but it has a conclusion that feels rushed despite action that moves at an almost glacial pace."
Sendker's most recent offering continues his literary love affair with Asia, this time following two broken men and the ways in which their lives intersect. Read full book review >
WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >
MISS CARTER'S WAR by Sheila Hancock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Hancock herself, an actress who's written memoirs (Just Me, 2008, etc.)—proves that old age is not a time to languish, having published her first novel at age 81."
Marguerite Carter never found life easy. She lost her parents as a child and worked for the French Resistance during World War II before coming to England with a desire to make the world a better place. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE HORIZON by Ryan Ireland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Intellectual in theme, literary in execution: think Gabriel García Márquez reimagining Little Big Man."
Ireland finds no heroes in his debut novel, which blends fanciful history with magic realism to create a critical allegory of the American expansionist experience. Read full book review >
MORNING SEA by Margaret Mazzantini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A tragedy for our time."
As in her novel about Sarajevo (Twice Born, 2011), Mazzantini explores displacement and the effect of political chaos on individual lives in this extremely brief but intense story of Libyans seeking refuge in Italy and Italians seeking their lost past in Libya.Read full book review >
APOCALYPSE BABY by Virginie Despentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Powerful and empowered to a point, but this could have used sharper editing."
Structured like a classic noir, this French novel exposes the rotten core of contemporary European society through the perspectives of several female characters. Read full book review >
POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST by Marcia Willett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Once again (as in The Courtyard, 2007), a potentially intriguing fictional family history is smothered by excessive niceness."
In Willett's latest Cornwall cozy, a trio of aging siblings is threatened—but not enough—by their erstwhile stepbrother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >