Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

SING FOR ME by Karen Halvorsen Schreck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Hits all the right notes."
A young woman is torn between her church's principles and her passion for secular music—and a forbidden love—in Schreck's delicately tuned debut set in Depression-era Chicago. Read full book review >
ROBOT UPRISINGS by Daniel H. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Philip K. Dick would be proud, in any event. You'll never look at your Roomba the same way again."
Fun fact: According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as of 2010 there were 8.6 million robots in the world. Fun scenario: They're all out to kill us. Read full book review >

CAN'T AND WON'T by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Whether fiction or non, Davis never bores."
Five years after a mammoth, comprehensive collection of stories secured her literary legacy, this unique author explores new directions and blurs boundaries in writing that is always fresh and often funny. Read full book review >
THE COLD SONG by Linn Ullmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"The author might be best known in this country as the daughter of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, but her accomplishment here merits more than recognition by association."
The fifth novel by an award-winning Norwegian author and critic deserves to win her a much larger stateside readership. Read full book review >
THE WORD EXCHANGE by Alena Graedon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A wildly ambitious, darkly intellectual and inventive thriller about the intersection of language, technology and meaning."
Language becomes a virus in this terrifying vision of the print-empty, Web-reliant culture of the 22nd century. Read full book review >

KEEP QUIET by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Very slow off the mark, though once blackmail and murder enter the picture, Scottoline moves things along with her customary professionalism, if scant credibility."
In Scottoline's latest family-centered thriller (Accused, 2013, etc.), Jake Buckman lets son Ryan drive the family car on a back road. Very bad idea. Read full book review >
THE VENETIAN BARGAIN by Marina Fiorato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Fiorato (Daughter of Siena, 2011) nimbly weaves cultural, religious, architectural and medical histories into this captivating romance."
In 1576, the bubonic plague ravages the Ottoman Empire. Still stung by his defeat at the Battle of Lepanto, the sultan of Constantinople decides to wield the vicious disease as a weapon against Venice. Read full book review >
TEAM SEVEN by Marcus Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Burke crafts a street-smart tale of the possibilities and temptations of growing up. There is power in his words, and the tale moves like a locomotive right to the end."
A wonderful debut novel that moves with the rhythm of the streets. Read full book review >
DRIVING LESSONS by Zoe Fishman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"What begins as a witty critique of the Mommy Trap ends as a sanctimonious screed."
A New Yorker's move to the South generates life lessons, and far too many platitudes, in Fishman's (Saving Ruth, 2012, etc.) third novel. Read full book review >
THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A suspenseful and enigmatic story, with gripping historical details and the paranormal subtext Rose has become famous for, which will please her many fans."
Jac L'Etoilemythologist, historian and TV host—becomes embroiled in a quest to find a lost potion that might promise immortality, while revisiting a past love and navigating a dangerous mystery. Read full book review >
ON GRACE by Susie Orman Schnall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A cozy, conversational read, featuring a lovably neurotic heroine."
In Schnall's debut novel, shocking news derails a woman's plans for her 40th birthday, and prompts a journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
FAMILY LIFE by Akhil Sharma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2014

"A moving story of displacement and of the inevitable adjustments one must make when life circumstances change."
In Sharma's world, as in Leo Tolstoy's, unhappy families continue to be unhappy in different ways. Read full book review >