Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

KAFKAESQUE by Peter Kuper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A richly innovative interpretation that honors the source while expanding the material."
After tackling Franz Kafka's best-known work in the 2004 graphic novel The Metamorphosis, Kuper (Fight Fascism!, 2017, etc.) returns to the literary master to adapt 14 more of his short stories. Read full book review >
WORM FIDDLING NOCTURNE IN THE KEY OF A BROKEN HEART by Kimberly Lojewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Eleven enchanted and enchanting stories of change."
Magical realism meets bildungsroman. Read full book review >

WHAT LUCK, THIS LIFE by Kathryn Schwille
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"'From a wound, beauty rises' in this modern-day Winesburg, Ohio."
A small town's residents cope with their lives and an American tragedy. Read full book review >
MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A fittingly bulky end to a radical feat of oversharing."
In which the author faces the consequences of publishing his massive autofiction project. Read full book review >
DEVIATION by Luce D'Eramo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Though a minor contribution to the larger literature of World War II, a strange, heartfelt account of someone who served a role few would confess to."
Italian writer D'Eramo recounts her experiences in Germany in the closing months of World War II. Read full book review >

CHARLESGATE CONFIDENTIAL by Scott Von Doviak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Instead of presenting these three narrative layers in chronological order, Von Doviak cuts constantly from one to the other in a wildly inventive fantasia spiced with frequent revelations of new crimes and new solutions. The only downside: The last round of revelations doesn't carry any more weight than the others."
Wondering who pulled off the never-solved 1990 heist at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which netted the thieves the richest haul still unrecovered in the history of art theft? Von Doviak's waggish debut has the answer to this question—and much, much more. Read full book review >
THE INFINITE BLACKTOP by Sara Gran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Give it a bit of time to wind up and you'll be charmed by this eccentric, enticingly artful mystery."
An existentially weary PI confronts three major cases that may be related in Gran's (Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway, 2013, etc.) fragmented take on the hard-boiled mystery genre. Read full book review >
THE BUS ON THURSDAY by Shirley Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Narrated by a cybercentury Wife of Bath, this bawdy tale suspends both our disbelief and our scruples."
While recovering from breast cancer, a woman takes a job as a teacher at a one-room schoolhouse in an isolated Australian town, where she is beset by both inner and outer demons. Read full book review >
BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Stylishly written, cleverly observed, and boldly imagined."
After his academic job search, his journalistic career, and his marriage proposal go down in flames, an angry young man moves into his mother's basement and starts a radical movement that pits millennials against baby boomers. Read full book review >
KENS by Raziel Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Reid reads consumer culture to filth and the result is (mostly) lit. (glossary) (Fiction. 13-adult)"
A popularity contest turns deadly in this gay mélange of Mean Girls and Heathers. Read full book review >
THE MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT by Mimi Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An enjoyable love story that dares to dip a toe into bleak social and political history."
A man seeking a wife gets more than he bargained for in this Victorian romance. Read full book review >
PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Legit. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Seventeen-year-old Zuri Benitez deals with gentrification in her Brooklyn neighborhood and her own bias in this Pride and Prejudice remix. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >