Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

SOMETHING TO HIDE by Deborah Moggach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Kooky and diverse, each woman's secret unfolds in scintillating bits that lead to a scandalous finish."
The latest from Moggach (Heartbreak Hotel, 2015, etc.) is a hodgepodge of infidelity and other lies that spans four continents.Read full book review >
BACK TO MOSCOW by Guillermo Erades
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An appealingly chaotic—if familiar—look at the inner life of a young 'intellectual.'"
A coming-of-age novel set in Moscow, Erades' debut plays with tropes of student life, literary devotion, and travel. Read full book review >

HEAT AND LIGHT by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This ambitious but flawed attempt at a 21st-century Dickensian novel shows how difficult it is to write convincing polemical fiction."
Haigh, who wrote a morally complex, narrowly focused book about the hot-button issue of child molestation by Catholic priests in Faith (2011), takes a broader approach in this sprawling, thickly populated novel about fracking. Read full book review >
THE DOLL-MASTER AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"For readers who like the frisson of psychological horror without too much commitment."
The prolific Oates (The Man Without a Shadow, 2016, etc.) delivers a sextet of creepy stories to disturb your nights and cast shadows across your days.Read full book review >
THE RISEN by David Anthony Durham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"If the message is a little circular ('He looked free because he was free'), the yarn adds up to a competent piece of historical fiction."
"I'm Spartacus." "No, I'm Spartacus." No such shenanigans in this rousing historical novel, where there's no mistaking who the Thracian slave hero is. Read full book review >

I LET YOU GO by Clare Mackintosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Mackintosh has written the kind of book that sticks in the reader's mind well after the final sentence."
When a 5-year-old boy is killed in a hit-and-run accident, the police find themselves with a sensational case and one woman discovers an emptiness that she may never fill in Mackintosh's engrossing debut. Read full book review >
SOLEMN by Kalisha Buckhanon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Cast against the hardships of everyday life in Singer's Trailer Park, a young girl's troubled thoughts make for a heartbreaking story of broken promises."
In the still of the night, a young girl sees a man, who seems familiar, carelessly toss a baby down a well. Read full book review >
AMATEURS by Dylan Hicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Felicitous characters and a scrumptious plot make Hicks' second novel refreshing and fun."
The personal and social lives of a group of friends are on display in this modern novel of manners. Read full book review >
THE HONEYMOON by Dinitia Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An intelligent, delicate, but not quite rounded portrait of genius."
An appealing fictionalized biography of the revered British novelist George Eliot imagines the inner impulses and passions hidden under a cloak of 19th-century propriety. Read full book review >
THE YOGA OF MAX'S DISCONTENT by Karan Bajaj
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Do not try this at home."
A young New Yorker goes to India to seek enlightenment. Read full book review >
THE VERSIONS OF US by Laura Barnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Fans of the novel One Day and the movie Sliding Doors will want to pick up this debut."
The multiverse migrates out of science fiction for a fling with romance. Read full book review >
A FRONT PAGE AFFAIR by Radha Vatsal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This first in a planned series is a nice combination of mystery and thriller seasoned by historical facts and a look at women's lives before woman's liberation."
A budding journalist fights for her place in a world full of disturbing changes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >