Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

Enough to Go Around by Tanya Savko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"A touching tale about life, death, family, and forgiveness."
In Savko's (Slip, 2010) emotional novel, an elderly mother and her middle-age children deal with the twists and turns of life in California in the late 1980s. Read full book review >
HURRY PLEASE I WANT TO KNOW by Paul Griner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Although relatively simple in narrative structure, Griner's stories shine a glaring light on the complexities of human personality and family relationships."
Twenty-two stories ranging in length from a few paragraphs to 20 or so pages and in style from the freakishly absurd to the heartbreakingly realistic. Read full book review >

LIFE #6 by Diana Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Although Wagman follows the contours of conventional midlife-crisis fiction with a too-easy ending, thoughtful references to Greek myth and musings on the nature of survival give the tale a darker, deeper hue."
In Wagman's latest (The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, 2012, etc.), a cancer diagnosis and faltering marriage cause a middle-aged woman to contact the lover she hasn't seen in years.Read full book review >
Walk-Up Music by Paul Watsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Refreshing poetry that has a little something for everybody."
Watsky (Telling the Difference, 2010, etc.) does the work of 10 poets in this excellent, slim collection. Read full book review >
VANISHING by Gerard Woodward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"An erudite yet melancholy meditation on an artist's life, Woodward's tale, often a comedy of the absurd, is peopled by an abundance of colorful characters."
Woodward (A Curious Earth, 2008, etc.) extracts black comedy from the bumbling life of Kenneth Brill, a young artist of confused sexuality.Read full book review >

POST-EXOTICISM IN TEN LESSONS, LESSON ELEVEN by Antoine Volodine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Elaborate fiction that has a certain perverse fascination—though one wonders subversively whether it needs doing at all."
French author Volodine aims at the head rather than the heart in this postmodern novel featuring one of his main alter egos, Lutz Bassmann, supposedly the author of his most renowned book, Minor Angels.Read full book review >
THE LAST FOUR DAYS OF PADDY BUCKLEY by Jeremy Massey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Highly readable and entertaining, though far-fetched in key moments, the novel benefits especially from Massey's mostly restrained, deadpan Irish sense of humor."
A man working for a Dublin funeral home runs afoul of one of Ireland's top gangsters in this dark, comic, and sometimes-romantic debut. Read full book review >
SINGLE JEWISH MALE SEEKING SOUL MATE by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A cleareyed, courageous presentation of Jewish issues, and not a bad story either."
The son of Holocaust survivors has a hard time keeping his promises to his parents. Read full book review >
THE FATAL FLAME by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"More fine work from a writer smart enough to know when a series has run its course. It will be exciting to see what the talented Faye decides to do next."
Concluding volume in Faye's gritty, atmospheric trilogy (Seven for a Secret, 2013, etc.) about New York City's fledgling police force.Read full book review >
MR. AND MRS. DOCTOR by Julie Iromuanya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Against a backdrop of the micro- and macroaggressions African expats endure in the West, Iromuanya presents a fascinating and often hilarious drama of marriage, highlighting the discrepancies between who we say we are and who we really are."
Newlywed Nigerian expats in America attempt to cement their careers and social standing as an ex's return threatens the life they're building. Read full book review >
THE GUEST COTTAGE by Nancy Thayer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"It's a pleasant escape to a state of mind in which rebuilding a life is as simple as pitching an umbrella and spreading out a towel."
Everything is better at the beach—even divorce—in the bestselling author's (Nantucket Sisters, 2014, etc.) latest love story set in Nantucket.Read full book review >
RED CAVALRY by Isaac Babel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Short but emotionally deep studies of life during wartime."
A classic series of wartime sketches in a translation that emphasizes their lyricism and dark comedy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >