Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

IT'S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Moody and dark in its portrayal of friendship and marriage."
Three college roommates find their lives inextricably linked after the death of a friend. Read full book review >
WHERE YOU LIVE by Andrew Roe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Literature as sociology, or sociology as literature; either way, a sometimes-dispiriting but eloquent evocation of lives at the continent's edge."
Carver-esque, West Coast-set tales of working-class hardship from Roe, author of the well-received novel The Miracle Girl (2015). Read full book review >

THE INVENTED PART by Rodrigo Fresán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An exemplary postmodern novel that is both literature and entertainment."
"Is Jell-O animal, vegetal, mineral, or interplanetary?" A tour de force from Argentinian writer Fresán, charting a course from confusion to confusion and back again. Read full book review >
EAGLE AND EMPIRE by Alan Smale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A satisfying culmination to the adventures of a Roman warrior in the New World."
In the final volume of his alternate-history trilogy supposing that the Roman Empire never collapsed, Smale (Eagle in Exile, 2016, etc.) chronicles a 13th-century world war as Roman and Mongol empires clash in Nova Hesperia—North America. Read full book review >
PRICE OF DUTY by Dale Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"There's so much action here it's a wonder there aren't bullet holes and bomb craters on every page."
Brown (Iron Wolf, 2015, etc.) once again deploys futuristic Cybernetic Infantry Devices to keep Mother Russia from re-establishing hegemony over Poland and the Baltic nations. Read full book review >

LILLI DE JONG by Janet Benton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An absorbing debut from a writer to watch."
A young Quaker woman struggles to keep her out-of-wedlock child in 1880s Pennsylvania. Read full book review >
THE AUSTRALIAN by Emma Smith-Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A protagonist—and a novel—without any real sense of purpose."
An Australian man struggles to find himself. Read full book review >
FLORENCE IN ECSTASY by Jessie Chaffee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An enigmatic but engaging debut."
A Boston woman tries to treat her eating disorder by traveling to a place where she knows no one, the art-filled city of Florence, Italy. Read full book review >
THE AWKWARD AGE by Francesca Segal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"In finely wrought prose, with characters who seem to walk beside us and speak aloud, Segal's latest novel is a sympathetic portrait of the difficulties in finding love and raising teenagers."
A novel about the trials and tribulations of family life. Read full book review >
TWO LOST BOYS by L.F. Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The author's work as a defense attorney handling death penalty cases brings authenticity to an exciting debut that focuses on providing grist for the slow-moving wheels of the criminal justice system."
An attorney specializing in death row appeals discovers plenty of reasons to plead for clemency for her client. Read full book review >
STICKS AND BONES by Carolyn Haines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The mystery, past and present, isn't up to much, and Haines doesn't know any more about filmmaking than you do. But who else would create a climactic scene of which one witness observes: 'I've never seen a woman give birth and do a vault onto a man's shoulders'?"
Hollywood roars into Zinnia, Mississippi, along with several less welcome blasts. Read full book review >
TESTIMONY by Scott Turow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Worth staying the course."
An Illinois prosecutor seeks to learn who annihilated a group of refugee gypsies in Bosnia. 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 >