Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

IN PARADISE by Peter Matthiessen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"An admirable, if muted, minor-key study of the meaning of survivorship."
The peripatetic Matthiessen (Shadow Country, 2008, etc.) ponders Auschwitz decades after the Holocaust, in a novel that's philosophical, mordant and surprisingly romantic. Read full book review >
ACTS OF GOD by Ellen Gilchrist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Overly sentimental."
Disaster becomes the impetus for renewed faith in goodness, love and spiritual uplift in these 10 stories about kindhearted Southerners from Gilchrist (A Dangerous Age, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

THE OPPOSITE OF MAYBE by Maddie Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A messy, funny, surprising story of second chances."
Dawson's second novel (The Stuff That Never Happened, 2010) is a delightfully witty story of a 44-year-old first-time mother-to-be. Read full book review >
I'LL BE RIGHT THERE by Kyung-sook Shin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Shin's uncomplicated yet allusive narrative voice delivers another calmly affecting story, simultaneously foreign and familiar."
Tender and mournful, the latest novel from best-selling South Korean novelist Shin (Please Look after Mom, 2011) considers young love and loss in an era of political ferment. Read full book review >
WHAT WE HIDE by Marthe Jocelyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Poignant and often witty, this novel treats its audience to a nuanced look at the era. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
A group of teens alternate narration of this irreverent historical drama set at a Quaker boarding school in England. Read full book review >

THE OTHER LANGUAGE by Francesca Marciano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"And so it goes—each of Marciano's stories is a gem, with fully realized characters wistfully and beautifully captured through dialogue that is both pensive and poignant."
Nine closely observed stories of growing up, dislocation and family relationships. Read full book review >
MONTECITO HEIGHTS by Colin Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Prolific Campbell layers an abundance of interesting movie trivia into the tale, and while the plot is shaggy, wry maverick Grant never fails to entertain."
In Campbell's (Jamaica Plain, 2013, etc.) second book in his Resurrection Man series, a gritty detective steps through the looking glass of Los Angeles' porn industry and nearly loses his way. Read full book review >
A SINGLE BREATH by Lucy Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Although the many revelations in the final chapters sometimes stretch the otherwise tight plot, the author creates an entertaining narrative."
In an intensely emotional story of love, loss and deception, a recently widowed woman reaches out to her late husband's family in Tasmania and discovers she never really knew the man she married. Read full book review >
TALKING TO OURSELVES by Andrés Neuman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A slight work, on both the personal and metaphysical level."
This fifth novel, and second in an English translation (following Travels of the Century, 2012), from the Spanish author, born in Argentina, explores an impending death from cancer and how it affects three family members. Read full book review >
THE VIGILANTE POETS OF SELWYN ACADEMY by Kate Hattemer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A sparkling, timely tour of the complicated intersection where life meets art. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Blending Ezra Pound, rhetoric and reality TV, this hilarious, subversive debut about a cadre of friends at an arts high school is a treat from cover to cover. Read full book review >
HOTELLES by Emma Mars
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Rife with sexual tension and mystery, this first tale in a trilogy will have readers eager for the translation of Mars' next installment."
Struggling to finish her journalism degree and help her cancer-stricken mother, a young escort finds herself swept up in an erotic education that threatens her impending fairy-tale wedding. Read full book review >
INCENDIARY GIRLS by Kodi Scheer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Eleven appealingly strange studies of bodies in crisis."
Surgeons, nurses and medical students are central figures in this smart debut story collection, the better to get at the viscera and inevitable breakdowns in our lives. Read full book review >