Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE DEATH MESSENGER by Mari Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"An intriguing premise devolves into a so-so thriller that's more about in-fighting and time-wasting than mystery, danger, or peril."
Two British detectives team up to investigate four murders in Northumbria, Scotland, and Denmark in this European police-procedural thriller. Read full book review >
UNMARRIAGEABLE by Soniah Kamal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Kamal's version has its flaws, but overall it's a delicious book, something to sink your teeth into."
A modern-day retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this time set in Pakistan.Read full book review >

LATE IN THE DAY by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Restrained and tender."
The 30-year bond between a quartet of close friends—two couples—comes unglued when one of them dies unexpectedly in Hadley's (The Past, 2016, etc.) quietly riveting latest. Read full book review >
LAST NIGHT IN NUUK by Niviaq  Korneliussen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A powerfully drawn but ultimately disappointing look at the ongoing obstacles facing LGBTQ youth as they come of age."
For five queer 20-somethings living in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, figuring out how to be fully functioning adults is complicated by homophobia, self-doubt, and economic instability. Read full book review >
ANNELIES by David R. Gillham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Gillham takes a brave risk in turning an icon of goodness into a bitter, troubled survivor to show the emotional crises faced by Holocaust survivors, although flat-footed storytelling weakens the impact."
After delving into the moral complexities faced by Berliners during World War II (City of Women, 2012), Gillham creates an alternate reality in which Anne Frank survives the Holocaust. Read full book review >

THE FAR FIELD by Madhuri Vijay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A striking debut, stronger on the micro than the macro."
The chain of events connecting a privileged young Indian woman, her volatile mother, and a tale-spinning Kashmiri merchant leads to tragedy in a story of religious conflict and domestic damage set in contemporary India. Read full book review >
HARK by Sam Lipsyte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Magical realism works great for some authors, but Lipsyte ends up closer to the ending of the television show Lost than to any substantial prosecution of contemporary society."
A reluctant messiah inspires people to focus in a time of chaos. Read full book review >
THE BREAK LINE  by James Brabazon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Plenty of action and violence but thematically unsatisfying."
An assassin embarks on a mysterious mission. Read full book review >
THE DREAMERS by Karen Thompson Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"What is the nature of an epidemic? What is the nature of consciousness? What mix of loyalty and love binds individuals together? These are a few of the questions Walker raises in her provocative, hypnotic tale."
Walker, who set her first novel, The Age of Miracles (2012), in a dystopian near future, returns to the present with this science-fiction fairy tale about a mysterious epidemic putting inhabitants of a California community to sleep. Read full book review >
TEAR IT DOWN by Nick Petrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"This is an appealing outing which hits the right balance between tough and compassionate."
Combat veteran Peter Ash (Light It Up, 2018, etc.) finds himself protecting both a threatened photojournalist and a young homeless man who may be a blues prodigy in the fourth entry in this series. Read full book review >
LAST WOMAN STANDING by Amy Gentry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Combining high-tech mayhem with good old-fashioned gore and violence, this extended fantasy of truths revealed and vengeance wreaked will be a satisfying read for those who share its righteous rage."
A #MeToo revenge thriller set in the world of stand-up comedy. Read full book review >
TALK TO ME by John Kenney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A powerful and moving rendition of a story we've been waiting to hear: what it's like to be the bad guy in this ripped-from-the-headlines situation."
It's a case of death by internet when the fortunes of a beloved network news anchor take a nose dive after a shameful mistake on the set. 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 >