Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

THE OTHER LANGUAGE by Francesca Marciano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"And so it goes—each of Marciano's stories is a gem, with fully realized characters wistfully and beautifully captured through dialogue that is both pensive and poignant."
Nine closely observed stories of growing up, dislocation and family relationships. Read full book review >
MONTECITO HEIGHTS by Colin Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Prolific Campbell layers an abundance of interesting movie trivia into the tale, and while the plot is shaggy, wry maverick Grant never fails to entertain."
In Campbell's (Jamaica Plain, 2013, etc.) second book in his Resurrection Man series, a gritty detective steps through the looking glass of Los Angeles' porn industry and nearly loses his way. Read full book review >

A SINGLE BREATH by Lucy Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Although the many revelations in the final chapters sometimes stretch the otherwise tight plot, the author creates an entertaining narrative."
In an intensely emotional story of love, loss and deception, a recently widowed woman reaches out to her late husband's family in Tasmania and discovers she never really knew the man she married. Read full book review >
TALKING TO OURSELVES by Andrés Neuman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A slight work, on both the personal and metaphysical level."
This fifth novel, and second in an English translation (following Travels of the Century, 2012), from the Spanish author, born in Argentina, explores an impending death from cancer and how it affects three family members. Read full book review >
THE VIGILANTE POETS OF SELWYN ACADEMY by Kate Hattemer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A sparkling, timely tour of the complicated intersection where life meets art. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Blending Ezra Pound, rhetoric and reality TV, this hilarious, subversive debut about a cadre of friends at an arts high school is a treat from cover to cover. Read full book review >

HOTELLES by Emma Mars
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Rife with sexual tension and mystery, this first tale in a trilogy will have readers eager for the translation of Mars' next installment."
Struggling to finish her journalism degree and help her cancer-stricken mother, a young escort finds herself swept up in an erotic education that threatens her impending fairy-tale wedding. Read full book review >
INCENDIARY GIRLS by Kodi Scheer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Eleven appealingly strange studies of bodies in crisis."
Surgeons, nurses and medical students are central figures in this smart debut story collection, the better to get at the viscera and inevitable breakdowns in our lives. Read full book review >
SING FOR ME by Karen Halvorsen Schreck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Hits all the right notes."
A young woman is torn between her church's principles and her passion for secular music—and a forbidden love—in Schreck's delicately tuned debut set in Depression-era Chicago. Read full book review >
ROBOT UPRISINGS by Daniel H. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Philip K. Dick would be proud, in any event. You'll never look at your Roomba the same way again."
Fun fact: According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as of 2010 there were 8.6 million robots in the world. Fun scenario: They're all out to kill us. Read full book review >
CAN'T AND WON'T by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Whether fiction or non, Davis never bores."
Five years after a mammoth, comprehensive collection of stories secured her literary legacy, this unique author explores new directions and blurs boundaries in writing that is always fresh and often funny. Read full book review >
THE COLD SONG by Linn Ullmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"The author might be best known in this country as the daughter of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, but her accomplishment here merits more than recognition by association."
The fifth novel by an award-winning Norwegian author and critic deserves to win her a much larger stateside readership. Read full book review >
THE WORD EXCHANGE by Alena Graedon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A wildly ambitious, darkly intellectual and inventive thriller about the intersection of language, technology and meaning."
Language becomes a virus in this terrifying vision of the print-empty, Web-reliant culture of the 22nd century. Read full book review >