Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

CRAZY LOVE YOU by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Classic Unger and a surefire hit with her followers."
Unger takes her loyal readers back to The Hollows, a creepy town about 100 miles from New York City, in this tale of love gone awry. Read full book review >
MY DOCUMENTS by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Winningly arch and unusual takes on common household predicaments."
Eleven quirky tales from the Chilean novelist (Ways of Going Home, 2013, etc.), powered by people's fear of relationships and the strange ways we project our urge for connection onto others.Read full book review >

WHILE THE GODS WERE SLEEPING by Erwin Mortier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An initially ungainly but ultimately poised consideration of war's long impact on feeling and faith."
An elderly Belgian woman takes a bittersweet look back on her war-torn youth, deliberately (and queasily) blending carnage and romance. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE CASE OF RACHEL K by Rachel Kushner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A short, quirky and sometimes-compelling book from the author of The Flamethrowers (2013)."
Three offbeat tales that border on the surreal yet are curiously (and paradoxically) anchored in a version of historical reality. Read full book review >
THE SWIMMER by Joakim Zander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A compulsively readable page-turner with unexpected heart."
An international thriller with the pace and intensity of a Jason Bourne adventure, Zander's debut follows the intertwining stories of a young Swedish woman and a washed-up American spy. Read full book review >

LIES, FIRST PERSON by Gail Hareven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A rich and harrowing novel with plenty to say about religion and authorship."
An Israeli woman plots revenge against the relative who raped her sister—and wrote an imagined autobiography of Adolf Hitler besides—in a coruscating novel about faith and family. Read full book review >
THE WONDERS by Paddy O'Reilly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The impossible slides skillfully into the believable here; O'Reilly's delightful novel never shirks its responsibility to emotional truth as it tells a story about being known and being different."
In a novel that feels both sharply realistic and wildly, indelibly imaginative, O'Reilly (The Fine Color of Rust, 2012, etc.) offers a story about the stars of an impossible, glamorous freak show that sidesteps any expectations of sentimental quirk with wit and deep feeling.Read full book review >
ME AND MY DADDY LISTEN TO BOB MARLEY by Ann Pancake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A smartly styled, occasionally sluggish portrait of an undercovered landscape."
Rural West Virginia enters the 21st century but can't quite shake off its rough-hewn past in these 11 Southern gothic-tinged tales. Read full book review >
DEAD SPOTS by Rhiannon Frater
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A novel that offers enjoyable, if sluggish, entertainment for fans of re-imagined horror tropes."
A woman grieving for her ruined marriage and stillborn child finds herself transported to a terrifying place of nightmare and fantasy in this novel by prolific horror writer Frater (The Mesmerized, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
PARDON THE RAVENS by Alan Hruska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Hruska has settled into the legal-thriller milieu somewhere between the more erudite and complex Turow and the topical, quick-moving Grisham."
In Hruska's latest legal thriller (Wrong Man Running, 2011), set mainly in Manhattan in 1961, only one thing stands in the way of Alec Brno's chance of partnership at the big-time Wall Street law firm Kendall, Blake, Steele & Braddock.Read full book review >
BLACK DOG SUMMER by Miranda Sherry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A hauntingly beautiful tale from a writer to watch."
A bright summer morning in the South African bush darkens suddenly as the inhabitants of an animal sanctuary are brutally cut down by machete-wielding men in this debut from a Johannesburg-based novelist. Read full book review >
THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Aside from the exotic setting, Soli's idiosyncratic prose style is the main attraction here."
Escapees of all stripes wash up on a remote South Pacific atoll. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >