Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

BLOOD ON SNOW by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A Nordic noir updating of James M. Cain's Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942) with an equally sweet-natured killer at its improbably soft center."
Versatile Nesbø (The Son, 2014, etc.) switches gears yet again in this chilly whisper of a novella: a hit man's account of a job gone fatally wrong.Read full book review >
THE ROYAL WE by Heather Cocks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Pages of biting humor and breathtaking glamour rewrite a fairy tale into something more satisfying than a stack of tabloids."
Fashion bloggers Cocks and Morgan (Spoiled, 2011, etc.) debunk the princess fantasy in a fictional tell-all inspired by the courtship of Kate Middleton and Prince William.Read full book review >

WISHFUL THINKING by Kamy Wicoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"First-time novelist Wicoff has a comic touch with this amiable fantasy."
Wicoff's first novel is a quirky time-traveling adventure mixed with a treatise on the plight of the working mother. Read full book review >
THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both chilling and funny, and a worthy addition to the library of first-rate novels about the Vietnam War."
A closely written novel of after-the-war Vietnam, when all that was solid melted into air. Read full book review >
THE PERFUME GARDEN by Kate Lord Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"While the premise of Brown's book certainly has roots in an emotional past, this novel unfortunately fails to take flight."
The multigenerational story of a family unfolds amid the tumult of the Spanish Civil War and the emotional devastation wrought by 9/11 in this second novel from British author Brown (The Beauty Chorus, 2011).Read full book review >

THE CHEROKEE ROSE by Tiya Miles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"An enchanting examination of bloodlines, legacy and the myriad branches of a diverse family tree."
A buried, early-19th-century diary, the fragrance of wild white roses and the rustling of river-cane reeds bring to life this refreshing debut novel by Miles, a winner of a MacArthur Fellowship (American Culture/Univ. of Michigan; The House on Diamond Hill, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >
ELLE by Emma Mars
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"An explicit, erotic, entrancing detective story for the seriously committed lover of erotica."
The erotic education of former escort Elle Lorand continues, plunging her into a world of sensual delights. But she soon finds herself on a quest not only to solve the mystery of her ex-fiance's birth, but also to save her partner from jail. Read full book review >
Godkiller, Vol. 1 by Matt Pizzolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Deftly unorthodox and wickedly delectable; not so much a story as an experience."
In Pizzolo's stellar graphic novel—the first three issues of his debut comic-book series—an orphan boy braves a desolate, post-apocalyptic land in search of a heart for his sister. Read full book review >
ALL INVOLVED by Ryan Gattis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Still, the reader will be forgiven for wondering what the point might be, other than that life is unfair, confusing and often ugly—and for that, we have the film Magnolia. Competent but not especially memorable."
A novel of Los Angeles tormented by racial tension and gang violence in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict. Read full book review >
ORHAN'S INHERITANCE by Aline Ohanesian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A novel that delves into the darkest corners of human history and emerges with a tenuous sense of hope."
In Ohanesian's debut novel, a Turkish man confronts secrets about his family and his country's history and is faced with an impossible choice: Should the past remain in the past, or should all stories, even the most painful, come to light? Read full book review >
LITTLE BASTARDS IN SPRINGTIME by Katja Rudolph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A first-rate novel about the horrors of nationalism, as moving as it is instructive in its historical import."
A boy survives the 1992 siege of Sarajevo and finds refuge, if not peace, in North America. Read full book review >
ADELINE by Norah Vincent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Readers in search of a crash course on the Bloomsbury circle and the machinations of Woolf's fevered mind will appreciate Vincent's attempts to illuminate both, but her dark portrait of Woolf's agonizing journey through a life marked by psychic pain will hold the most appeal for those already familiar with this sad story of genius and madness."
Virginia Woolf's haunted descent into the River Ouse in 1941 is re-created here in a tale of the author's tortured last years. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >