Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

AQUARIUM by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Vann's novels are striking, uncompromising portraits of American life; here is another exceptional example."
Vann, whose remarkable novels evoke worlds where violence and revenge seem the inevitable outcome of human relationships, offers here a kind of modern fairy tale, one laced with treachery and trials and the greatest demon of all to battle, the past. Read full book review >
AS GOOD AS DEAD by Elizabeth Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A novel about friendship, betrayal and the Iowa Writers' Workshop could have been satisfying in any number of ways, but with a floundering plot and tiresome narration, there are too many missed opportunities here."
In Evans' latest (Suicide's Girlfriend, 2002, etc.), a friendship that has been dead for twenty years is suddenly exhumed.Read full book review >

WHERE ALL LIGHT TENDS TO GO by David Joy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A dark semiautobiographical first novel in which action flourishes at the expense of character development."
The father's a killer, the mother's an addict, and the son's just plain trapped in this blunt-force account of an Appalachian family. Read full book review >
THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Exhilarating and indicting. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Less Than Zero (1985) meets Catcher in the Rye (1951) in this biting bildungsroman.Read full book review >
VANISHING GIRLS by Lauren Oliver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"This is an uneven read that suffers from grandiose ambitions. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two sisters' lives are irrevocably changed by a shared accident. Read full book review >

THE DEAD I KNOW by Scot Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Simply told and powerfully moving. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A taciturn teen finds solace as a funeral director-in-training. Read full book review >
MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Mesmerizing. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Encounters both dangerous and wonder-filled with fellow travelers prompt 16-year-old runaway Mim to scrutinize her perceptions about herself, her family and the world she inhabits. Read full book review >
ACT OF GOD by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"This absorbing novel about a luminescent fungus affixes itself to your psyche like a spore and quickly spreads to your heart, setting everything in its wake aglow."
Humanity, warmth and wry humor light up Ciment's (Heroic Measures, 2009, etc.) noirish novel about a phosphorescent toxic mold that blooms in a Brooklyn townhouse, circa 2015, and barrels through the lives of two 60-something identical twin sisters and their neighbors, changing everything it touches.Read full book review >
JUST PRU by Anne Pfeffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2015

"Psychological seriousness adds depth to this romantic coming-of-age tale."
In this novel, an anxiety-ridden young woman finds new friends and inner resources after an apartment fire forces her to accept a neighbor's hospitality. Read full book review >
THE DEAD KEY by D.M. Pulley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"For readers who do make it to the end, there is genuine suspense with satisfying surprises."
Pulley's debut is a story of theft, seduction and greed in a stately bank building. Read full book review >
LUCIFER'S PROMISE by Alan Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A complex, thought-provoking story that defies genre conventions to remind us of difficult questions and tangled answers."
Thompson's new novel is equal parts legal thriller, medical ethics conundrum and old-fashioned murder mystery. Read full book review >
THE BUNKER DIARY by Kevin Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"Not for everyone, this heady novel is worthy of study alongside existentialist works of the 20th century. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Knocked unconscious and kidnapped, 16-year-old Linus wakes alone in a small, windowless, concrete building. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >