Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE CHALK MAN by C.J. Tudor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A swift, cleverly plotted debut novel that ably captures the insular, slightly sinister feel of a small village. Children of the 1980s will enjoy the nostalgia."
Murder, mayhem, and chalk figures in a sleepy English village. Read full book review >
PHONE by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A multilayered, multivocal, and long-awaited pleasure for the Self-absorbed."
Zack Busner returns, and, "tired and confused," he's melting away into air as the world goes mad in Self's (Shark, 2014, etc.) magnum opus. Read full book review >

THE AFTERLIVES by Thomas Pierce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Timeless questions. Tedious answers."
An author of award-winning short stories (Hall of Small Mammals, 2015) considers life, death, and what comes after in his debut novel. Read full book review >
THE BOAT PEOPLE by Sharon  Bala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A strong premise runs aground trying to form a set of convictions into a novel."
A real ship of refugees inspires a novel about the messy consequences of war. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS CROSSING by Rachel Rhys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The most compelling mystery here lurks between the lines."
An Englishwoman running from her past finds herself out of her depth on a 1939 ocean voyage from England to Australia. Read full book review >

THE BLACK PAINTING by Neil Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Olson lures the reader with a promising psychological thriller but disappoints by merely scratching the surface of psychosis and terror."
After the death of its patriarch, a family is reunited to settle his estate and revisit the long-unsolved theft of a valuable and possibly cursed painting by Goya. Read full book review >
SAY MY NAME by Allegra Huston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A new take on the May-December romance, perfect for fans of unexpected gifts."
A debut novel about a middle-aged woman who has an extramarital affair with a much younger man. Read full book review >
SAMUEL BECKETT IS CLOSED by Michael Coffey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A complex but emotionally effective tribute to the Irish author."
A shape-shifting fictional tribute to the novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett (1906-89), borrowing its structure from one of his works. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT NANNY by Leila Slimani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The why of this horrific crime remains unfathomable, rendering it all the more frightening."
This novel about a murderous nanny, Moroccan author Slimani's first to be published in the U.S., was awarded the 2016 Priz Goncourt. Read full book review >
TWO GIRLS DOWN by Louisa Luna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"What starts as a harrowing children-in-peril tale falls prey to cliché and melodrama."
A young female bounty hunter partners with a disgraced former cop to find a pair of missing girls. Read full book review >
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Easy to read, smoothly put together. A good airport book."
An angry ex-wife is stalking a young, innocent fiancee who is a carbon copy of her former self…or so it seems. Read full book review >
THIS COULD HURT by Jillian Medoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A sharp-eyed novel of corporate manners."
Intrigue swirls around HR executive Rosa Guerrero in this engrossing workplace drama by Medoff (I Couldn't Love You More, 2012, etc.). 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 >