Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
THE ATOMIC WEIGHT OF LOVE by Elizabeth J. Church
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An elegant glimpse into the evolution of love and womanhood."
Church's debut novel explores the relationship between sacrifice and love. Read full book review >
BORN ON A TUESDAY by Elnathan John
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An action-packed, heartbreaking, and eye-opening debut from a great new talent."
A Nigerian boy struggles to survive in a violent, disintegrating world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >