Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH by Yoram Kaniuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"In this lyrical account of illness and nearly dying, moments of beauty are interspersed between longer sections of cryptic obscurity."
A coma inspired this renowned writer to reflect on his life, his work, and what it means to die. Read full book review >
RED RIGHT HAND by Chris Holm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A good choice for thriller fans."
A fast-moving novel featuring the return of hit-man hitter and antihero Michael Hendricks (The Killing Kind, 2015). Read full book review >

HEALING MADDIE BREES by Rebecca Brewster Stevenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A gorgeous meditation on broken bodies, fractured faith, and the soul-wrenching path to serenity."
As Maddie, a happily married mother of three young boys, faces breast cancer, she and her husband are pulled into the vortex of the past, where long-lost loves and troubled relationships with God collide. Read full book review >
INTIMATIONS by Alexandra Kleeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"For fans of the avant-garde."
Twelve stories take up a variety of absurdist premises to investigate the meaning of life. Read full book review >
LATE STORIES by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Dixon is a master of the minor moments, the dreams and the disappointments, that transfigure every one of us."
Dixon's new collection explores the heart of an aging man's life. Read full book review >

MURDER IN G MAJOR by Alexia Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Readers of Gordon's charming debut can rest easy about the outcome of the All-County competition. But there's more honest detection here than you'd expect, even if the murderer, whose career continues into the present, is a disappointingly marginal presence."
An African-American violinist suddenly stranded in Ireland faces two daunting tasks: preparing the village school's orchestra for a high-stakes competition they can't possibly win and solving a pair of murders now celebrating their 25th anniversaries. Read full book review >
GOOD PEOPLE by Nir Baram
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"As slogs go, this is not the siege of Leningrad. But it'll do."
A German market researcher in Nazi Germany and the daughter of literary dissidents employed by the NKVD in Stalin's USSR are brought face to face with the consequences of their actions. Read full book review >
DEATH OF AN AVID READER by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Brody (Murder on a Summer's Day, 2016, etc.) has the style of the classic British cozy down pat. Plenty of distinctive characters, charming animals, and twists and turns add up to a delightful, though not particularly taxing, mystery."
A socially superior private detective seeks a child long ago given up for adoption. Read full book review >
BLUE MADONNA  by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Benn's 11th Billy Boyle mystery has snappy dialogue, satisfying action scenes, and much interesting history about D-Day."
The Normandy invasion serves as backdrop for an army detective's toughest assignment yet: proving he's innocent of a trumped-up charge while rescuing a brave group of Resistance fighters. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S DEBT TO PAY  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The variety of tempting targets juices what's at heart just another game of cat and mouse, making Coleman's third impersonation of Robert B. Parker his best to date."
Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is obliged to repay a debt he incurred to Boston mobster Gino Fish in the most precious coin of all. Read full book review >
SUN, SAND, MURDER by John Keyse-Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Spectacular as a Caribbean sunset, Keyse-Walker's debut is a well-paced puzzler no one should miss."
Murder rocks the tiny Caribbean island of Anegada. Read full book review >
VIVIAN IN RED by Kristina Riggle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Switching back and forth between modern times and 1930s Broadway, Riggle (Hope Out Loud, 2015, etc.) plays with a number of possible outcomes between the hero and his mysterious vision, though the mystery is never exactly high-stakes."
A Broadway producer of the 1930s is confronted by a vision from his past that may represent a problem in his present. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >