Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF EGYPT by Alaa Al Aswany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Whatever political freight Al Aswany intends, he remains a charming, earthy, resourceful storyteller—albeit with a weakness for cliffhangers—who might seduce even readers closer to Times Square than to Tahrir Square."
In post-World War II Cairo, one family offers a lens on royal corruption, the British occupation, and the economic struggles of urban Egyptians in this rich political fable. Read full book review >
SEA LOVERS by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Varied, engaging, and often shocking."
A career-spanning collection of short stories that illustrates the writer's preoccupation with animals, artists, and the fantastical. Read full book review >

FORTUNE SMILES by Adam Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Bittersweet, elegant, full of hard-won wisdom: this is no ordinary book, either."
A half-dozen sometimes Carver-esque yarns that find more-or-less ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges and somehow holding up. Read full book review >
DRYLAND by Sara Jaffe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"Moving sideways with its weight of secrets, this novel never strikes a false note."
A coming-of-age story about a young girl's growing awareness—of sexuality, loss, and family truths. Read full book review >
The First Man by Gavin Frankle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"A gritty, modern twist on the story of the first human being."
Frankle (Chorus, 2014) reworks the story of Adam and Eve in this novel.Read full book review >

THE BELL TOLLS FOR NO ONE by Charles Bukowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Bukowski's gift was a sense for the raunchy absurdity of life, his writing a grumble that might turn into a belly laugh or a racking cough but that always throbbed with vital energy."
The uncollected gutbucket ramblings of the grand dirty old man of Los Angeles letters have been gathered in this characteristically filthy, funny compilation. Read full book review >
THE CRAWFORD COUNTY SKETCHBOOK by Tom Janikowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"An elaborate morality play set among the cult of Southerners and their haunted landscapes."
Grotesque tales of the struggle between good and evil from a dark corner of the American heartland. Read full book review >
STUDIES IN THE HEREAFTER by Sean Bernard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A highly enjoyable—and intermittently profound—debut."
A whimsical debut novel in which Bernard makes heaven the setting for a story of love and self-actualization. Read full book review >
THE HEADMASTER'S DARLINGS by Katherine Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A funny, gossipy look at a slice of the South through the eyes of an indelible character."
In this Southern comedy of manners, Clark (Milking the Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life on this Planet, 2014) explores the world of charismatic, eccentric Assistant Headmaster Norman Laney as he attempts to reshape the cloistered world of high-society Alabama from within.Read full book review >
JACOB JUMP by Eric Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"The setting is authentic (Morris knows his river) but the author has a long way to go before finding his voice."
Two Southern white guys, their lives a shambles, take a trip downriver only to find madness and death. Read full book review >
THE THREE-NINE LINE by David Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Logan's fourth adventure is a nifty detective story with juicy writing and a very likable hero."
A wry spy goes undercover in modern-day Vietnam to solve a murder with roots in the failed war. Read full book review >
99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Will leave readers hungry for more from quick-witted, cool-headed Lucky."
In Richardson's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) thriller, the first in a planned series, an LA sheriff's detective moonlighting as a PI scours the murky city streets for a runaway teenage girl.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >