Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE GOVERNOR'S WIFE by Michael Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Harvey makes political corruption personal: this isn't a story of anonymous millions being shuffled between various offshore accounts. The consequence of every decision in Kelly's gritty world bleeds."
A seasoned PI tackles Chicago corruption head-on when he's hired to look into the disappearance of a popular but dirty governor. Read full book review >
HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN by Rob Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Rough in its language, physical violence, and reminders of youth's potential for anything, the book joins a respectable literary line dating back to A Clockwork Orange, if not Tom Jones and Vanity Fair."
In 2003, amid boom times in Ireland, three teenagers spend the summer high on everything but life in this intense, at times nightmarish, debut. Read full book review >

PARADISE SKY by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Noting that he's starred in many a dime novel penned by his old friend Bronco Bob Brennen, the narrator maintains in closing: 'Here is the straight record.' That assurance is a lot harder to swallow than the rest of this tall tale, which goes down smooth and easy as a vintage sarsaparilla."
How did Deadwood Dick get his name? Readers can learn this, and a whole lot more, in this picaresque Western from a master of the form (The Thicket, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
SUMMERLONG by Dean Bakopoulos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A well-intentioned and provocative, if messy, attempt to mess with the stock themes of domesticity."
An Iowa college town is ground zero for a host of relationship dramas in this provocative, sultry tale. Read full book review >
LOVE MAY FAIL by Matthew Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"An overstuffed ode to bygone pop culture and the unattainable literary life."
When a metal head princess, a reformed junkie, a fast-talking woman of God, and a despondent retired teacher walk into a book, unpredictable chaos ensues. Read full book review >

The Children of Darkness by David Litwack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"A tightly executed first fantasy installment that champions the exploratory spirit."
Litwack (The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, 2014) begins a new fantasy series about a post-apocalyptic future run by religious fanatics.Read full book review >
The Inconvenience of the Wings by Silas Dent Zobal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"Haunting images and poetic prose flood this noteworthy collection."
Zobal's debut collection of well-crafted short stories leaves a lasting impression. Read full book review >
ANATOMIES by Susan McCarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"Nothing astonishing here; just a gifted purveyor of American short fiction working on her craft and offering up the results."
A promising debut collection of short fiction and other ephemera from McCarty (English/ Salisbury Univ.). Read full book review >
BITTER BRONX by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"Charyn calls the work 'no sentimental journey through my own traces as a child,' yet there's a writer's deep affection here for a world full of color and character."
Grifters, gangs, vamps, and lost souls pursue gritty lives in "the brick wilderness of the Bronx" in this collection of tales by a veteran storyteller and native of the New York borough. Read full book review >
THE HOPEFUL by Tracy O'Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"For fans of figure skating, this book is edgy and serious enough to not feel like a guilty pleasure."
O'Neill's debut novel tracks an aspiring figure skater's journey of obsession, triumph, failure, and addiction. Read full book review >
THE CONVICTIONS OF JOHN DELAHUNT by Andrew Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"A Kafkaesque study of an amoral weakling consumed by an unrestrained bureaucracy."
Debut novelist Hughes imagines the circumstances leading up to the Victorian-era real-life hanging of John Delahunt, a convicted Irish child-murderer. Read full book review >
LOCUS AMOENUS by Victoria N. Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"An occasionally clever novel that, in its weakest moments, makes a trifle of national tragedy."
Alexander's (Naked Singularity, 2003, etc.) newest novel finds Hamlet taking place in rural America against the backdrop of 9/11 and the Iraq War. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >