Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Aside from the exotic setting, Soli's idiosyncratic prose style is the main attraction here."
Escapees of all stripes wash up on a remote South Pacific atoll. Read full book review >
A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The texture of everyday experience transmuted into art."
Tyler's 20th novel (The Beginner's Goodbye, 2012, etc.) again centers on family life in Baltimore, still a fresh and compelling subject in the hands of this gifted veteran.Read full book review >

TEMPLE BOYS by Jamie Buxton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"One part nihilist political commentary, one part grimly modernist retelling, for readers willing to see Jesus in a distinctly unholy light. (Historical fiction. 15 & up)"
A sneaky beggar child enters the circle of Yeshua of Gilgal in the six days surrounding the crucifixion. Read full book review >
THE DAMNED by Andrew Pyper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A treat for fans of intelligent treatments of the supernatural and rock-solid writing."
Pyper's portrait of twins—one good and one evil—isn't a new literary concept, but his version is memorable and, perhaps, nightmare-inducing. Read full book review >
THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR by Sandra Newman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Praiseworthy for its solid efforts at worldbuilding but too long and diffuse to add much to the civilization-gone-awry library."
A lesson from Thunderdome: Let there be no post-apocalyptic future without its mangled pidgin. Read full book review >

MY SUNSHINE AWAY by M.O. Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Celebrate, fiction lovers: The gods of Southern gothic storytelling have inducted a junior member."
The 1989 rape of a 15-year-old golden girl profoundly alters her suburban Baton Rouge neighborhood and all those who love her. Read full book review >
IN EVERY WAY by Nic Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Brown crafts a complicated tale of moral ambiguity about a woman who couldn't say goodbye to her baby after the paperwork was signed."
A teenage mother disregards the ethics of adoption in Brown's (Doubles, 2010, etc.) challenging new novel.Read full book review >
THE BOATMAKER by John Benditt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A long, fuzzy journey just to learn we can't go home again."
An unnamed man leaves the small island where he was born to explore the strange kingdoms beyond his home. Read full book review >
SWEET NOTHING by Richard Lange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"With a distinctive style, Lange makes his downbeat tales of the underclass quirkily entertaining."
Lange, a writer of both stylish noir novels (Angel Baby, 2013) and sharply etched short fiction (Dead Boys, 2007), returns with a story collection set in a Southern California that won't be found in any travel guides.Read full book review >
THE MARRIAGE GAME by Alison Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"It's hard to be sympathetic for 400 pages of temper tantrums."
A superficial sweep of the first 30 years of Elizabeth I's reign, with a focus on her relentless manipulation of marriage as a personal and political tool. Read full book review >
SHE WEEPS EACH TIME YOU'RE BORN by Quan Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"While Barry's beautiful, transporting novel sometimes verges on the opaque, it pays resonant tribute to the uncounted dead below the surface of a convulsed nation."
A magical child pulled from her mother's coffin observes and embodies Vietnam's tragic 20th-century history. Read full book review >
Freaks I've Met by Donald Jans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"An engrossing but tongue-in-cheek drama that, even at its most dramatic, will leave readers smiling."
A Spokane college graduate searches for wealth and fame in LA but finds only a string of dead-end jobs and outlandish individuals in Jans' witty debut drama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >