Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE'S SORRY by Fredrik Backman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A touching, sometimes-funny, often wise portrait of grief."
A contemporary fairy tale from the whimsical author of A Man Called Ove (2014). Read full book review >
PHILOSOPHICAL TOYS by Susana Medina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"This novel's headiness might seem daunting, but readers who take a patient approach will find a deeply rewarding and often haunting narrative emerge."
Family histories, cinematic obsessions, fractured relationships, and the films of Luis Buñuel converge in this pensive novel set in London and Spain. Read full book review >

THE SANTANGELOS by Jackie Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Collins' dim view of human nature never fails to entertain."
The latest in the adventures of Collins' lady mobster with a heart of platinum, Lucky Santangelo. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW by Brad Meltzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Unlike the previous installment (The Fifth Assassin, 2013), this one doesn't provide much in the way of exposition but instead throws you unceremoniously into the deep end. Fans will survive, but unwary newcomers had better watch their backs."
This third outing for the storied Culper Ring, sworn to protect the U.S. presidency, shows them doing what they do most: sniffing out conspiracies, falling for deceptions, and perpetuating that grandest of all American political institutions, the clueless double take. Read full book review >
A PERFECT HERITAGE by Penny Vincenzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A workplace drama that often feels too much like work."
A revered skin care doyenne battles a private equity turnaround team in Vincenzi's latest (More Than You Know, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >

THE HEART OF THE ORDER by Theo Schell-Lambert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"It's the narrator's blandness, rather than the lack of plot, that will doom the novel for fans and nonfans alike."
A first novel that's a monologue: an injured major league baseball player describes his rehab. Read full book review >
DAY FOUR by Sarah Lotz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A little creepy but juggling too many narrative (and horror-movie) threads."
After three days of fun, sun, and excess, a cruise ship suddenly loses all contact with the outside world. The beleaguered passengers and crew soon find themselves fighting off the norovirus, lots of creepy noises, a few ghosts, and, eventually, each other. Read full book review >
MARGARET OF ANJOU by Conn Iggulden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Highly readable as a stand-alone novel, but those who loved Stormbird will be anticipating Iggulden's take on the mesmerizing Richard III."
In the second volume of his War of the Roses trilogy, Iggulden (Stormbird, 2014, etc.) follows beautiful young Queen Margaret as she defends the Lancaster realm against York rebels.Read full book review >
THE WILD INSIDE by Christine Carbo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"While the park setting's attractive and has potential, the excessive detail and avalanche of characters, combined with a protagonist who doesn't seem all that competent, get in the way of narrative drive."
Grizzly bears, murder, mauling, and mayhem mix in Carbo's debut novel. Read full book review >
CHARLIE MARTZ AND OTHER STORIES by Elmore Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Not by any means apprentice work—Leonard's first four novels appeared over the same period as these stories—but interesting mostly for the signs and promises of the author's future laconic command of dialogue and action and his knowing, lazy, wryly amused trademark voice."
Fifteen mostly unpublished stories—Westerns, war stories, dispatches from Detroit—written in the 1950s. Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY by Mia Alvar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A triumphant, singular collection deserving of every accolade it will likely receive."
In this debut collection, Filipino students, teachers, activists, maids, and chauffeurs negotiate their lives under martial law at home and seek fortune abroad in the Middle East and New York. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A wholly original, engrossing, disturbing, and beautiful book. You've never read anything quite like this, and you won't soon forget it."
A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge from debut novelist Hawkins. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >