Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

THE DREAM LOVER by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A thoroughly pleasant escape, if not a particularly deep one."
Best-selling author Berg (Tapestry of Fortunes, 2013, etc.) turns her attention to the life of French writer George Sand with this vivid historical novel.Read full book review >
ADULT ONSET by Ann-Marie MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Despite the too-neat Freudian implications of Mary Rose's story, this is an affecting, multilayered account of domestic ennui and the painful effects of long-held secrets on three generations."
Assaulted by mysterious pains and bracketed by painful childhood memories, Mary Rose MacKinnon engages in power struggles with her willful toddler and endures the stresses of stay-at-home parenting while her partner, Hilary, is out of town. Read full book review >

LURID & CUTE by Adam Thirlwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Recent years have brought drug-drenched efforts from well-established artists Pynchon and Lethem. Perhaps the kindest thing one can say is that the talented Thirlwell has gotten his literary substance abuse out of his system at an earlier age."
In a pallid sort of noir, a boy-man lurches through an aimless series of small adventures and stumbles into criminal behavior that eventually exacts its comeuppance. Read full book review >
VIPER WINE by Hermione Eyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A promising idea swamped by the excesses of postmodernism: the random plundering of history and an irritating air of knowingness."
British journalist Eyre makes her fiction debut with the tale of a 17th-century beauty's dangerous quest for eternal youth. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WAR by Jim Kay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Extraordinary. (Short stories. 8 & up)"
A group of celebrated writers, including Michael Morpurgo, A.L. Kennedy, David Almond and John Boyne, reflects on simple artifacts from World War I to create a collection of short stories. Read full book review >

LOVE'S ALCHEMY by Bryan Crockett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2015

"Crockett's first foray into historical fiction is a compelling and plausible thriller."
Meet John Donne: soldier, poet, lover, husband, spy. Read full book review >
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Bethany Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"This utterly enjoyable romance will have readers swooning, sobbing, and eagerly anticipating Chase's next book."
A woman is torn between her dependable boyfriend and a former fling in this sparkling debut from Chase. Read full book review >
THE DISTANT MARVELS by Chantel Acevedo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Perfect timing for a Scheherazade-style account of Cuban history."
One woman's story of brutality, courage, tragedy, and love gets a roomful of Cuban refugees through a hurricane. Read full book review >
THE JAZZ PALACE by Mary Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Atmospheric but amorphous, Morris' restless novel works hard to encompass a cultural moment."
A panoramic portrait of jazz-era Chicago, where, against a background of speak-easies, racial tension and gangsters, a Jewish boy with a talent for "the devil's music" observes and participates in the vibrancy of the day. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE O'BRIENS by Lisa Genova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"This journey to a place of mindfulness, while inevitably affecting, often reads like fictionalized campaign literature for a worthy cause."
Best-selling neuroscientist-turned-novelist Genova, author of several popular stories based on the experience of suffering debilitating diseases—notably Still Alice (2009), about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's—now tackles the impact of Huntington's disease on one blue-collar Boston family.Read full book review >
DISCOUNT by Casey Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A circus without a ringmaster."
The Superstore is the biggest retail operation in the world—so take that, Walmart. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S CAPRICE by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Echenoz gives us a slim series of elegant, tightly written tales, achieving a simple kind of magic."
Seven odd little vignettes that add up to a book of beauty. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >