Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

A MURDER OF CROWS by Terrence McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Not a bad read, especially for those who believe that anything goes when fighting terrorists. But it's interesting what some perceive as heroism."
A fast-moving spy-versus-spy thriller featuring the return of James Hicks (Sympathy for the Devil, 2015). Read full book review >
ONE OF US IS SLEEPING by Josefine Klougart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Klougart delivers a sustained meditation on love, loss, and alienation."
A young writer returns to her childhood home, where her mother is dying of cancer, to recover from a failed love affair. Read full book review >

Caged Lightning by Brent Rock Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not thematically deep, this first installment in a series featuring Stryker delivers testosterone-driven escapist literature at its best: fast, furious, and fun."
A California physician investigates a politician's death in this debut thriller that incorporates military and medical elements. Read full book review >
THE INNOCENTS  by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The rough-and-tumble relationship between two tough-as-nails law officers and the place they love provides plenty of action, well-developed characters, and an ending that will more likely leave you disgusted than surprised."
Even snakes are straighter than many of the denizens of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION by Ann VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A necessity for those wishing to broaden their understanding of science fiction as a genre...or just those looking for some darn good stories."
A comprehensive, chronological journey through a century of seminal science fiction, compiled by the editorial team of the VanderMeers (Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A steamy tropical romp with an adequate amount of suspense."
A tour operator and a bounty hunter decide to team up when they find themselves searching for the same treasure. Read full book review >
HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"In her scintillating, provocative new book, Levy combines intellect and empathy to impressively modern effect."
Kinship, gender, Medusas—this rich new novel from a highly regarded British writer dazzles and teases with its many connections while exposing the double-edged sword of mother-daughter love. Read full book review >
MISS JANE by Brad Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A well-written portrait of a person whose rich inner life outstrips the limits of her body."
A woman born in rural Mississippi with a life-altering birth defect must learn to live on her own terms. Read full book review >
BAGGAGE CHECK by M.J. Pullen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"In this story, no romance, friendship, or parent-child relationship is perfect, which makes it all the more uplifting and sweet."
In the satisfying conclusion to the Marriage Pact series, the villain from Book 1 reconciles her past and finds her happily-ever-after in her hometown of Oreville, Alabama. Read full book review >
THE DEVOURERS by Indra Das
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Not for the squeamish, Das' debut is an ambitious, unsettling trip into our own capacity for violence."
The line between what it is to be human and what it is to be a monster is frequently blurred in Das' compelling debut novel. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY WIFE by Elizabeth  Birkelund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A strange story that can't transcend the weird improbabilities that propel it and the out-of-this-world behavior of the characters who populate it."
Birkelund (The Dressmaker, 2006) takes readers on an improbable journey in the Bernese Alps. Read full book review >
BYE BYE BLONDIE by Virginie Despentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Shockingly anodyne work from a writer notorious for her power to shock."
Misspent youth and the possibility of a second chance from the French author of Apocalypse Baby (2015), etc. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >