Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

KOLYMA STORIES by Varlam Shalamov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Available only for the last five years in Russia itself, a searing document, worthy of shelving alongside Solzhenitsyn."
Sharply observed stories, from the thin line between autobiography and fiction, of life inside the Gulag. Read full book review >
WOMAN OF THE ASHES by Mia Couto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A rich historical tale thick with allegory and imagery that recalls Marquez and Achebe."
A 15-year-old girl becomes central to a violent culture clash in late-19th-century colonial Mozambique. Read full book review >

TWENTY-ONE DAYS by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Even so, Perry, who seems just as comfortable in 1910 as she ever did back in Victoria's day, provides a great first half and raises a number of pointed ethical questions before she rescues her hero from having to resolve them."
Perry kicks off a new series in a new era by handing his first big murder case to the son of her longtime hero Sir Thomas Pitt, head of the Met's Special Branch (Murder on the Serpentine, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
TIN MEN by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A memorably coldhearted case that offers abundant evidence for the grim proposition that 'not every cop is dirty, but the good ones are.'"
Knowles takes a break from the chronicles of dead-eyed professional thief Wilson (Rocks Beat Paper, 2017, etc.) to shine a remorseless spotlight on three variously bent Canadian cops seeking justice for a fourth who's been gruesomely murdered. Read full book review >
WHO'S WHO WHEN EVERYONE IS SOMEONE ELSE by C.D. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A witty, guileful novel that underscores the slippery connection between fiction and 'real' life."
A clever novel about novels that is playful and more accessible than many other experiments in metafictional writing. Read full book review >

THE MAGNIFICENT ESME WELLS by Adrienne Sharp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"This glittering noirish tragedy, with its lushly imagined period landscape and subtle feminist trajectory, is both fun to read and sad to think about."
The daughter of two beautiful losers—a snakebit Jewish gambler and a chorus girl—comes of age in late 1930s Los Angeles and early 1950s Las Vegas. Read full book review >
HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"In an era when writers of color are broadening the space in which class and culture as well as race are examined, Thompson-Spires' auspicious beginnings auger a bright future in which she could set new standards for the short story."
A bold new voice, at once insolently sardonic and incisively compassionate, asserts itself amid a surging wave of young African-American fiction writers. Read full book review >
THOUGH I GET HOME by YZ Chin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A haunting, surprising, and rebellious collection that contains multitudes."
A mosaic of stories about state- and self-imposed silence and what it means to find your voice. Read full book review >
SERPENT IN THE HEATHER  by Kay  Kenyon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Paranormal fantasy and historical fiction fans alike should find Kenyon's saga featuring assassins, spies, and secret agents to be supremely entertaining. A unique concept that is superbly executed."
Set in pre-World War II Europe and seamlessly blending together elements of paranormal fantasy and historical mystery, the second installment in Kenyon's Dark Talents saga featuring British Secret Intelligence Service agent Kim Tavistock (At the Table of Wolves, 2017) pits the intrepid journalist-turned-operative against a serial killer with ties to Hitler's Nazi regime. Read full book review >
DICTIONARY STORIES by Jez Burrows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A fabulist remix of the English language and a tribute to clever lexicographers everywhere."
An A to Z collection of atmospheric short stories composed entirely of example sentences from dictionaries. Read full book review >
COUNTRY DARK by Chris Offutt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A compelling and brooding read."
The title hints at the tone, for this is indeed a Southern gothic story, set in Kentucky and focused on a man who would do anything to keep his family together. Read full book review >
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"The result is a nail-biting thriller but a terrible mystery, with the third-act jitters so frequently in evidence in the author's earlier work running amok as they spin out a series of improbable complications, a barrage of shameless cliffhangers, and a culprit ex machina before the absurdly happy ending."
Scottoline takes another leave of absence from the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio (Exposed, 2017, etc.) to fulfill a mother's fondest wish and then makes her pay through the nose for it. 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 >