Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE SNOW KIMONO by Mark Henshaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Henshaw's prose shimmers as his narrative becomes ever more nuanced, complex, and misleading."
Henshaw creates a world of psychological complexity and emotional subtlety in a story that moves from Paris to Japan and back again. Read full book review >
UNDER A DARK SUMMER SKY by Vanessa Lafaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Character-driven drama that, while it doesn't offer any new insights into our country's racist past, explores a unique setting."
It's 1935. As a monstrous hurricane bears down on the Florida Keys, black and white residents and a group of World War I veterans building a bridge must face not only the truth of nature's cruelty, but also of man's. Read full book review >

MY LIFE AS A MERMAID by Jen Grow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"A sorrowful, fully felt collection that will drag you under."
A sprawling cast of women is submerged in suffering in Grow's luminous and grim debut collection. Read full book review >
SIGNWAVE by Andrew Vachss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"As so often in Vachss, the story is less notable as a story, or an exploration of characters in conflict, than as an extended meditation on what Dell aptly calls 'the zen of violence.'"
Former mercenary Adelbert Johnson, still living in retirement at an Oregon village with his wife, Dolly, finds that the world just won't leave a man alone to ruminate in peace. Read full book review >
IN ANOTHER COUNTRY by David Constantine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"An author who deserves serious consideration."
A selection of short fiction by a British author, poet, and translator, this book aims to correct the problem of Constantine's obscurity in North America. Read full book review >

THE WOLF BORDER by Sarah Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"A gifted writer, Hall offers a compelling, lyrical story rich in observation and symbolism."
Hall (The Beautiful Indifference, 2013, etc.) explores the emotional turmoil following a wildlife biologist's return home to Lowther Valley in England's Cumbria.Read full book review >
MOODS by Yoel Hoffmann
by Yoel Hoffmann, translated by Peter Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Vividly self-aware echoes of one man's fertile imagination."
Almost 200 gracefully composed poetic vignettes about the inner and outer lives of a writer in modern-day Israel. Read full book review >
THE EVER AFTER OF ASHWIN RAO by Padma Viswanathan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"This is an accomplished novel, but ironically enough, its successes make it sometimes tough to take."
Viswanathan's (The Toss of a Lemon, 2008) new novel explores both the personal and global aftermaths of a terrorist attack.Read full book review >
THE SUNKEN CATHEDRAL by Kate Walbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Elegant and elegiac."
An artful novel in stories from the author of A Short History of Women (2009) and Our Kind (2004).Read full book review >
LOUISA MEETS BEAR by Lisa Gornick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Superficial connections devoid of life-giving subtext."
In eight loosely constructed stories, Gornick (Tinderbox, 2013, etc.), a psychoanalyst, portrays the small worlds of privileged Americans.Read full book review >
AMERICAN METEOR by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"This novel memorably encompasses grand themes and notions of transcendence without ever losing sight of the grit and moral horrors present in the period."
A young Civil War veteran ventures West, encountering violence and moments of revelation on his way. Read full book review >
SAFEKEEPING by Jessamyn Hope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Less convincing when striving for the epic, this solid novel achieves its strongest moments of emotional resonance in the presence of its older female characters."
An alcoholic who travels to Israel on a mission of atonement—to return a priceless brooch to an aging kibbutznik—is one of a disparate group of survivors with intertwined futures. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >