Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

ADULT ONSET by Ann-Marie MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Despite the too-neat Freudian implications of Mary Rose's story, this is an affecting, multilayered account of domestic ennui and the painful effects of long-held secrets on three generations."
Assaulted by mysterious pains and bracketed by painful childhood memories, Mary Rose MacKinnon engages in power struggles with her willful toddler and endures the stresses of stay-at-home parenting while her partner, Hilary, is out of town. Read full book review >
LURID & CUTE by Adam Thirlwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Recent years have brought drug-drenched efforts from well-established artists Pynchon and Lethem. Perhaps the kindest thing one can say is that the talented Thirlwell has gotten his literary substance abuse out of his system at an earlier age."
In a pallid sort of noir, a boy-man lurches through an aimless series of small adventures and stumbles into criminal behavior that eventually exacts its comeuppance. Read full book review >

VIPER WINE by Hermione Eyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A promising idea swamped by the excesses of postmodernism: the random plundering of history and an irritating air of knowingness."
British journalist Eyre makes her fiction debut with the tale of a 17th-century beauty's dangerous quest for eternal youth. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WAR by Jim Kay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Extraordinary. (Short stories. 8 & up)"
A group of celebrated writers, including Michael Morpurgo, A.L. Kennedy, David Almond and John Boyne, reflects on simple artifacts from World War I to create a collection of short stories. Read full book review >
LOVE'S ALCHEMY by Bryan Crockett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2015

"Crockett's first foray into historical fiction is a compelling and plausible thriller."
Meet John Donne: soldier, poet, lover, husband, spy. Read full book review >

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Bethany Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"This utterly enjoyable romance will have readers swooning, sobbing, and eagerly anticipating Chase's next book."
A woman is torn between her dependable boyfriend and a former fling in this sparkling debut from Chase. Read full book review >
THE DISTANT MARVELS by Chantel Acevedo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Perfect timing for a Scheherazade-style account of Cuban history."
One woman's story of brutality, courage, tragedy, and love gets a roomful of Cuban refugees through a hurricane. Read full book review >
THE JAZZ PALACE by Mary Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Atmospheric but amorphous, Morris' restless novel works hard to encompass a cultural moment."
A panoramic portrait of jazz-era Chicago, where, against a background of speak-easies, racial tension and gangsters, a Jewish boy with a talent for "the devil's music" observes and participates in the vibrancy of the day. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE O'BRIENS by Lisa Genova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"This journey to a place of mindfulness, while inevitably affecting, often reads like fictionalized campaign literature for a worthy cause."
Best-selling neuroscientist-turned-novelist Genova, author of several popular stories based on the experience of suffering debilitating diseases—notably Still Alice (2009), about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's—now tackles the impact of Huntington's disease on one blue-collar Boston family.Read full book review >
DISCOUNT by Casey Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A circus without a ringmaster."
The Superstore is the biggest retail operation in the world—so take that, Walmart. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S CAPRICE by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Echenoz gives us a slim series of elegant, tightly written tales, achieving a simple kind of magic."
Seven odd little vignettes that add up to a book of beauty. Read full book review >
BLOOD ON SNOW by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A Nordic noir updating of James M. Cain's Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942) with an equally sweet-natured killer at its improbably soft center."
Versatile Nesbø (The Son, 2014, etc.) switches gears yet again in this chilly whisper of a novella: a hit man's account of a job gone fatally wrong.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >