Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don't already."
Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, 2014, etc.) offers a counterintuitive alternate (possible?) future in this gritty yet hopeful sci-fi epic. Read full book review >
THE FOREVER SUMMER by Jamie Brenner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Engaging and not too fluffy, an excellent choice for summer vacation reading."
Four women find themselves in a tangled family web that they work to unravel over a Provincetown summer in this new novel by Brenner (The Wedding Sisters, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

DEVILS IN DAYLIGHT by Junichiro Tanizaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Tanizaki laminates a murder mystery and psychological study onto a rumination about the nature of fiction itself."
In this newly translated novella, written in 1918 by early-20th-century Japanese literary master Tanizaki (Red Roofs and Other Stories, 2016, etc.), two friends go in search of a murder that may or may not be about to happen. Read full book review >
THE ANATOMY OF CHEATING by Nesly Clerge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"A thoughtful but unfortunately overwrought study of romantic perfidy."
Two married couples deal with the destructive effects of infidelity in Clerge's (End of the World: The Beginning, 2016, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
TREE by Melina Sempill Watts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"An ingenious and satisfying tale about a single live oak."
A debut novel tells the story of life in a California valley through the eyes of a tree. Read full book review >

DEAD OF SPRING  by Sherry  Knowlton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"Using current and recent news stories about fracking and Three Mile Island to make a case for her own causes, Knowlton hangs it all on a middling mystery/thriller/romance with a complex heroine."
A lawyer who yearns for the quiet life proves a magnet for murder. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD  by Kate Brandes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"An expertly paced, moving exploration of grief and responsibility and an eloquent portrait of a small town struggling with compromise."
A small-town family, torn apart by tragedy, must find a way to overcome their grievances when they face a common threat in Brandes' debut novel. Read full book review >
NO HARM DONE by Jean McGarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"McGarry at her best pushes the envelope just past realism in a way that can be comic, creepy, and poignant, putting her in the school of Lorrie Moore and George Saunders."
Short stories dominated by postwar Irish-American families and marked by an entertainingly strange sensibility. Read full book review >
THE DOGS OF INISHERE by Alannah Hopkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"A warmly rendered collection."
A cast of eccentrics and outsiders populates a collection set largely in coastal Ireland. Read full book review >
THE RECONSTRUCTION by Rein Raud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"A disturbing and heartbreaking novel that deserves a wide audience."
A subtle, heart-rending Estonian novel about a father in the last few months of his life trying to reconstruct the circumstances of his daughter's suicide. Read full book review >
MARION HATLEY by Beth Castrodale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2017

"A reflective, compassionate, and gracefully written tale about a designer that effectively uses its historical setting."
In this debut novel set in 1931, a corsetiere fleeing scandal starts over in a small town, where she learns more about her past and herself. Read full book review >
A MORAL TALE AND OTHER MORAL TALES by Josh Emmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Though it's occasionally uneven, this collection is thought-provoking and incisive at its best."
The characters in these stylistically disparate stories grapple with tense relationships, falsehoods, and questions of right and wrong. 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 >