Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

CHARLOTTE by David Foenkinos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"A searing portrait of a brilliant artist that doesn't reveal anything new about its subject."
Charlotte Salomon, a real-life German Jewish artist, created a small but radiant body of work before dying in the Holocaust. Read full book review >
MURDER FRAMES THE SCENE by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"Despite some sharp exchanges between the fiances, Kneubuhl (Murder Leaves its Mark, 2011) evokes Charlie Chan more than Nick and Nora, with exotic locale and period setting at the forefront."
Even in paradise, murder can disrupt the lives of the upper class. Read full book review >

DELICATE by C.K. Kelly Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2016

"Thoughtful and honest. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Second cousins Ivy and Lucan re-encounter each other years after a falling out between their moms and find solace as they both deal with their respective relationship and family issues. Read full book review >
All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2016

"An absorbing and poignant YA dystopian fantasy with a convincing heroine."
A teenager works through her emotional turmoil while waiting to become a sacrificial offering to aliens in this sci-fi melodrama. Read full book review >
MASHA REGINA by Vadim Levental
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This genre-defying novel takes on the limits of talent and ambition, fate and art in contemporary Europe."
A young movie director takes inspiration from her life in St. Petersburg. Read full book review >

ARE YOU HERE FOR WHAT I’M HERE FOR? by Brian Booker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Carefully curated and slightly delicate tales of pedestrian terror."
Seven phantasmagorical stories from debut author Booker. Read full book review >
THE ATTEMPT by Magdaléna Platzová
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The past illuminates the present, though it takes a while for the novel to find the light."
An elliptical novel that encompasses history, anarchy, and love. Read full book review >
LAWYER FOR THE CAT by Lee Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"For better or worse, this cozy concludes with a bittersweet ending. Maybe the next installment (Lawyer for the Bird?) will provide a more positive resolution."
Now that she's represented a dog named Sherman, a Charleston family lawyer is naturally assigned as a cat's counsel. Read full book review >
COLD BLOOD, HOT SEA by Charlene D'Avanzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Combining niche material about Maine life and oceanography, D'Avanzo's debut may have trouble finding an audience."
An oceanographer fears she was the target of an accident at sea that kills one of her colleagues. Are climate change doubters at work? Read full book review >
BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrick Backman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fans of Backman's style or of the metaphoric powers of football will enjoy what this novel has to offer, but it needed to simmer longer."
The latest in a trio of thematically similar books by the bestselling Swedish author of My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (2015), etc. Read full book review >
THE HIGH PLACES by Fiona McFarlane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"It's hard to feel warmth from these stories; passions are mitigated or tamped down. But the writing is clever and skillful in spades."
In her debut short story collection, McFarlane (The Night Guest, 2013) limns the hidden spaces of relationships. Read full book review >
WALLEYE JUNCTION by Karin Salvalaggio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A dedicated detective and a grieving daughter find strength in teamwork in this bleak procedural."
Abduction, murder, and scandal mar the beauty of cherry-blossom season in a small Montana town. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >