Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting."
Sandrine Salome flees New York and her treacherous husband to find shelter in Paris with her grandmother, but as she settles in and pursues new passions, it's unclear whether she or an infamous ancestral witch is driving the changes. Read full book review >
SNOWBLIND by Daniel Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Arnold has crafted a fierce book for those who know the game—and for the rest of us, who can vicariously push through our fears of the wild."
This debut story collection is a gutsy, up-close look at mountain climbing around the world. Read full book review >

CASCADE FALLS by Bruce Ferber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Ferber may be trying to explore the consequences of the housing crash, but this soap opera is neither substantial enough to tackle that subject nor skillful enough to parody it."
In the suburbs of Phoenix, marriages and careers are coming undone in this second novel from sitcom producer Ferber (Elevating Overman, 2012).Read full book review >
DELICIOUS FOODS by James Hannaham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A poised and nervy study of race in a unique voice."
A Southern farm provides the backdrop for a modern-day slavery tale in this textured, inventive and provocatively funny novel. Read full book review >
WHISPER HOLLOW by Chris Cander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A distinctive novel that sublimely measures the distressed though determined heartbeat of a small mountain community."
Verra, West Virginia, is the setting of this sweeping novel, in which first- and second-generation immigrants with coal-stained hands and blackened lungs forge new lives for their growing families amid secrets that run as deep and dark as the coal mines. Read full book review >

NIGHT LIFE by David C. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Taylor, a seasoned writer for TV and film, makes a strong debut with the first in a series of novels featuring a hard-edged but properly vulnerable detective."
Life for NYPD detective Michael Cassidy is black and Red all over in this thriller set during the McCarthy era of the 1950s. Not only does he have a murder to solve, he's also got to rid himself of the curse of Commie-baiting superlawyer Roy Cohn. Read full book review >
CLASH OF EAGLES by Alan Smale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Gaius is in limbo after the Iroquas' near destruction of the Cahokian city, which promises more adventure in the Hesperian Trilogy's next volume."
Smale debuts with an intriguingly original alternate history supposing that the Roman Empire never collapsed. Read full book review >
THE FIRES OF AUTUMN by Irène Némirovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"One of Némirovsky's lesser works. All OurWorldly Goods (2011) covers the same period more successfully."
Another in a string of reissues of the work of the French novelist who died in Auschwitz in 1942, prompted by the discovery of her incomplete but widely acclaimed Suite Francaise; written during the same period just before her death, this multigenerational novel spans war and peace.Read full book review >
RELUCTANTLY CHARMED by Ellie O'Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A whimsical but flawed novel."
In this chatty and original debut, a young Irish woman's life is turned upside down when she publishes the cryptic messages left behind by an ancestor. Read full book review >
PRAYERS FOR THE LIVING by Alan Cheuse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"At its best, this story of a Jewish immigrant family tested by fate is as haunting as it is entertaining and as fresh as it was when it was first published nearly 30 years ago."
A revision of Cheuse's 1986 novel The Grandmothers' Club, this mystical tale traces the rise and fall of a prominent rabbi, Manny Bloch, who goes into business with a brother-in-law named Mord.Read full book review >
THE MERMAID'S CHILD by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Weakened by its monotonous structure but propelled by luminous detail and Malin's determination, this novel is not Baker at her strongest, but the promise is evident."
Alone in an unforgiving, sometimes-fantastical landscape, Malin Reed is on a journey in search of a mythical mother in this pungent early novel, newly available in the U.S., from acclaimed British writer Baker (Offcomer, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
THE STOLEN ONES by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Thriller fans will enjoy this one. Laukkanen is a first-class storyteller."
From start to finish, a fast-moving and satisfying thriller starring a likable if unlikely duo. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >