Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

A FINE IMITATION by Amber Brock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Brock sketches a hazy outline of 1920s high society as seen through the eyes of a woman who would be free from its hollow promises. Somehow her main character wallows in indecision, even as circumstances allow for the possibility of personal growth and reinvention."
A young socialite in Jazz Age New York City must decide between a comfortable but stifling life with her distant husband and the prospect of romance with a mysterious painter. Read full book review >
EVIL TURNS by Jane Tesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Mac's fifth adventure is just as quirky as its predecessors (A Bad Reputation, 2014, etc.), with the bonus of a stronger, more complex mystery."
Covens, centennial celebrations, and murders rock a small North Carolina town. Read full book review >

NANTUCKET GRAND by Steven Axelrod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A beautiful island made ugly by class warfare makes a convincing backdrop for Chief Kennis' third case (Nantucket Five-Spot, 2015, etc.)."
An intricate chain of crimes set off during Nantucket's avowedly quiet season leaves the shrewd poet/police chief little time for versification. Read full book review >
RELATIVITY by Antonia Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A charming and fresh debut placing a family's secrets in the great expanse of the universe."
An Australian family struggles to mend its rifts in time and space. Read full book review >
SHE by Michelle Latiolais
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This book is weakened by lack of a driving narrative and details that would bring the main character into clearer focus."
A 15-year-old girl runs away from an abusive home to find refuge and new worlds among the varied populations of Los Angeles. Read full book review >

REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Enough characters, confrontations, secrets, and subplots to fill the stage of an opera house—and leave spectators from the orchestra to the balcony moved and misty-eyed."
After an absence of five years, Hart finds more to mine in the fertile land of the Southern gothic. Read full book review >
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it's full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
After surviving a brutal attack, Amanda starts school in a new town. She plans to stay focused and get through senior year, but kind, attractive Grant causes a distraction that wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for her deepest secret. Read full book review >
AND AFTER THE FIRE by Lauren Belfer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A story about art, prejudice, faith, and trauma engrosses but doesn't fully convince."
A literary thriller about the improbable discovery of a manuscript lost at the end of World War II. Read full book review >
IMAGINE ME GONE by Adam Haslett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"As vivid and moving as the novel is, it's not because Haslett strives to surprise but because he's so mindful and expressive of how much precious life there is in both normalcy and anguish."
This touching chronicle of love and pain traces half a century in a family of five from the parents' engagement in 1963 through a father's and son's psychological torments and a final crisis. Read full book review >
SWEET LAMB OF HEAVEN by Lydia Millet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A top-notch tale of domestic paranoia that owes a debt to spooky psychological page-turners like Rosemary's Baby yet is driven by Millet's particular offbeat thinking."
A mother tries to reconcile the voices in her head and an extortionist estranged husband in a peculiar, stirring thriller. Read full book review >
EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN by Chris Cleave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave's miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout, with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality."
Privileged young Londoners lose their sense of entitlement and their moral innocence in Cleave's (Gold, 2012, etc.) romantic but very adult World War II love story.Read full book review >
THE ECLIPTIC by Benjamin Wood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"The British novelist makes his aesthetic interests more palatable for a general reader with some intrigue and structural tricks and a kick-in-the-head kicker that would galvanize book clubs."
A rising star of the late-1950s London art scene looks to recover her lost muse and finds herself in a secretive refuge for similarly frustrated creative types. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >