Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE PATCHWORK BRIDE by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A gently entertaining yet oddly flat effort from Dallas."
When June balks a month before her wedding to a soldier headed off to the Korean War, her grandmother Ellen tries to help her figure out what to do by telling her stories about an old friend's adventures in love. Read full book review >
WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER  by Caridad Pineiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Another visit to Sea Kiss will charm romance fans."
Years after a failed summer fling, Jonathan and Connie are thrown together again. Their attraction is alive and well, but their fundamental differences are still getting in the way. Aren't they? Read full book review >

THE SWORD OF JUSTICE by Leif G.W. Persson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"His detective isn't the most pleasant of company, but Persson's wry commentaries on contemporary Swedish life make for pleasing entertainment."
More Scandinavian murder mayhem from Swedish novelist/criminologist Persson (The Dying Detective, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
FLORIDA by Lauren Groff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A literary tour de force of precariousness set in a blistering place, a state shaped like a gun."
In 11 electric short stories, the gifted Groff (Fates and Furies, 2015, etc.) unpacks the "dread and heat" of her home state. Read full book review >
LONDON RULES by Mick Herron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Herron shows once again that the United Kingdom's intelligence community is every bit as dysfunctional and alarmingly funny as Bill James' cops and robbers."
A sixth round of troubles for the slow horses of Slough House, where burned-out, compromised, or incompetent members of Her Majesty's intelligence community have been banished (Spook Street, 2017, etc.), pits them against a group of terrorists who seem to be working from MI5's own playbook. Read full book review >

PLUM RAINS by Andromeda Romano-Lax
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A well-written, entertaining novel that both enacts and subverts the tropes of android fiction."
A Filipino care worker's livelihood is threatened by an android in future Japan. Read full book review >
A STONE'S THROW by James W. Ziskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"The detective work is unspectacular but conscientious, absorbing, and believable, and the unblinking heroine's clearheaded first-person narrative is never less than appealing."
Upstate New York reporter Ellie Stone's trip to a burning barn takes her outside her comfort zone in more ways than one. Read full book review >
THE LION'S BINDING OATH AND OTHER STORIES by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Informative and direct storytelling from a corner of Africa that's poorly understood in the West."
Snapshots of rural and urban life in Somalia, written by a refugee and concerned with the "morality that's long been dead" there. Read full book review >
THE WRECKAGE OF EDEN  by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Lock deftly tells a visceral story of belief and conflict, with abundant moments of tragedy and transcendence along the way."
A man with a long connection to Emily Dickinson loses his faith in the midst of battle. Read full book review >
WAIT, BLINK by Gunnhild Øyehaug
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"If it isn't precisely perfect, it's awfully damn close."
A delicate net of intermingled lives underpins this witty, spirited novel about creating: art, love, self-sufficiency, and identity. Read full book review >
SWEET & LOW by Nick  White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Work that bears the promise of good things to come."
A first collection of short stories by newcomer White (How to Survive a Summer, 2017). Read full book review >
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Rich and moody."
Trembling with atmosphere, Celt's (The Daughters, 2015) second novel follows a young Russian émigré as she becomes embroiled in a sinister love triangle with a brilliant novelist and his exceptional wife. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >