Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

SIGNWAVE by Andrew Vachss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"As so often in Vachss, the story is less notable as a story, or an exploration of characters in conflict, than as an extended meditation on what Dell aptly calls 'the zen of violence.'"
Former mercenary Adelbert Johnson, still living in retirement at an Oregon village with his wife, Dolly, finds that the world just won't leave a man alone to ruminate in peace. Read full book review >
IN ANOTHER COUNTRY by David Constantine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"An author who deserves serious consideration."
A selection of short fiction by a British author, poet, and translator, this book aims to correct the problem of Constantine's obscurity in North America. Read full book review >

THE WOLF BORDER by Sarah Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"A gifted writer, Hall offers a compelling, lyrical story rich in observation and symbolism."
Hall (The Beautiful Indifference, 2013, etc.) explores the emotional turmoil following a wildlife biologist's return home to Lowther Valley in England's Cumbria.Read full book review >
MOODS by Yoel Hoffmann
by Yoel Hoffmann, translated by Peter Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Vividly self-aware echoes of one man's fertile imagination."
Almost 200 gracefully composed poetic vignettes about the inner and outer lives of a writer in modern-day Israel. Read full book review >
THE EVER AFTER OF ASHWIN RAO by Padma Viswanathan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"This is an accomplished novel, but ironically enough, its successes make it sometimes tough to take."
Viswanathan's (The Toss of a Lemon, 2008) new novel explores both the personal and global aftermaths of a terrorist attack.Read full book review >

THE SUNKEN CATHEDRAL by Kate Walbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Elegant and elegiac."
An artful novel in stories from the author of A Short History of Women (2009) and Our Kind (2004).Read full book review >
LOUISA MEETS BEAR by Lisa Gornick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Superficial connections devoid of life-giving subtext."
In eight loosely constructed stories, Gornick (Tinderbox, 2013, etc.), a psychoanalyst, portrays the small worlds of privileged Americans.Read full book review >
AMERICAN METEOR by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"This novel memorably encompasses grand themes and notions of transcendence without ever losing sight of the grit and moral horrors present in the period."
A young Civil War veteran ventures West, encountering violence and moments of revelation on his way. Read full book review >
SAFEKEEPING by Jessamyn Hope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Less convincing when striving for the epic, this solid novel achieves its strongest moments of emotional resonance in the presence of its older female characters."
An alcoholic who travels to Israel on a mission of atonement—to return a priceless brooch to an aging kibbutznik—is one of a disparate group of survivors with intertwined futures. Read full book review >
THE HOUSEHOLD SPIRIT by Tod Wodicka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Wodicka's fluid, expressive prose—dotted with quotable observations often as odd as his players—serves well his weaving of such a convincing, unexpected story from eccentricity, pain, and need."
An unconventional friendship arises between two damaged people sharing a lonely upstate New York road in this bittersweet, deeply sympathetic sophomore effort. Read full book review >
LANGUAGE ARTS by Stephanie Kallos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Although touchingly humane and impressive in scope, this novel is undermined by some lapses in judgment and its excessive ambition."
The impact of an autism diagnosis reverberates down the decades for a Seattle family in a voluminous novel exploring words and expression, parenting and letting go. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US by Annie Barrows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Undeniably entertaining but as slow-moving as a steamy Macedonian summer."
The co-author of a novel about the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands now turns her attention to scandals besetting a small Depression-era West Virginia town. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
June 30, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >