Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE ELIZAS by Sara Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A delicious Southern California noir riddled with muddled identities and family secrets."
When Eliza Fontaine awakens in the hospital, her family tells her she's survived yet another attempt at suicide by drowning. The trouble is, Eliza knows she was pushed. But by whom? Read full book review >
THE FARM by Héctor Abad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A graceful story that takes its time to unfold, with much roiling under the surface of the narrative."
Pensive novel, by noted Colombian writer Abad (Oblivion: A Memoir, 2012, etc.), of a rural family torn by conflict and incomprehension. Read full book review >

WARNING LIGHT by David Ricciardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A little implausible but good fun. Let's hope for more Zac Miller adventures."
A major earthquake near a secret Iranian nuclear facility triggers nonstop danger for CIA strategic weapons analyst Zachary Miller. Read full book review >
THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A solid if unsurprising thriller in need of some restraint."
Old Nazis never die—where would thrillers be without them? Read full book review >
MOON BROW by Shahriar Mandanipour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A remarkable vision of the elusiveness of redemption and love."
The ne'er-do-well scion of a Tehran merchant family emerges from war determined to recover what he lost—an arm, a lover, and crucial memories—in this multilayered, hypnotic tale. Read full book review >

THE COMEDOWN by Rebekah Frumkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Frumkin has talent to burn, and this very good novel suggests the potential for a truly great one."
The death of a drug-addicted patriarch, and the stockpile of cash he's rumored to have left behind, has a broad impact across multiple families. Read full book review >
EVERY OTHER WEEKEND by Zulema Renee Summerfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Moving but not precious, a gently hopeful novel steeped in late '80s atmosphere."
A young girl haunted by an impending sense of doom navigates the year after her parents' divorce in 1980s suburbia. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT DUCHESS  by Erica Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A serviceable Regency romance that will satisfy some readers, though it doesn't fulfill the potential it displays."
A marriage of convenience despite a mutual attraction. Read full book review >
IF WE HAD KNOWN by Elise Juska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Well-written, realistic, and suspenseful to the point of dread."
When her former student goes on a shooting spree at a mall in small-town Maine, a writing professor is faced with a moral challenge. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN OF BLUE ROSES by Michael  Barsa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"With his first novel, the influences of which include the gothic visions of Hawthorne, the morally charged horror of Shirley Jackson, and the twisty storytelling of Italo Calvino, Barsa emerges as a unique voice in contemporary fiction."
Living with his sister, Klara, in the aftermath of their parents' deaths in a car accident, Milo Crane becomes fixated on the connection between Klara and Henri, an odd gardener who seems plucked from one of Milo's famous father's gruesome horror novels. Read full book review >
ZOLITUDE by Paige  Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Readers willing to give themselves over to some mystery will be rewarded."
These stories from a Canadian writer feature characters at odds with their surroundings—and each other. Read full book review >
THE CITY OF LOST FORTUNES  by Bryan Camp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"One hopes for more of Camp's dangerous visions to spring from a city that, as he writes, 'is a great place to find yourself, and a terrible place to get lost.'"
A phantasmagoric murder mystery that wails, chants, laments, and changes shape as audaciously as the mythical beings populating its narrative. 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 >