Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

WHISPER HOLLOW by Chris Cander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A distinctive novel that sublimely measures the distressed though determined heartbeat of a small mountain community."
Verra, West Virginia, is the setting of this sweeping novel, in which first- and second-generation immigrants with coal-stained hands and blackened lungs forge new lives for their growing families amid secrets that run as deep and dark as the coal mines. Read full book review >
NIGHT LIFE by David C. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Taylor, a seasoned writer for TV and film, makes a strong debut with the first in a series of novels featuring a hard-edged but properly vulnerable detective."
Life for NYPD detective Michael Cassidy is black and Red all over in this thriller set during the McCarthy era of the 1950s. Not only does he have a murder to solve, he's also got to rid himself of the curse of Commie-baiting superlawyer Roy Cohn. Read full book review >

CLASH OF EAGLES by Alan Smale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Gaius is in limbo after the Iroquas' near destruction of the Cahokian city, which promises more adventure in the Hesperian Trilogy's next volume."
Smale debuts with an intriguingly original alternate history supposing that the Roman Empire never collapsed. Read full book review >
THE FIRES OF AUTUMN by Irène Némirovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"One of Némirovsky's lesser works. All OurWorldly Goods (2011) covers the same period more successfully."
Another in a string of reissues of the work of the French novelist who died in Auschwitz in 1942, prompted by the discovery of her incomplete but widely acclaimed Suite Francaise; written during the same period just before her death, this multigenerational novel spans war and peace.Read full book review >
RELUCTANTLY CHARMED by Ellie O'Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A whimsical but flawed novel."
In this chatty and original debut, a young Irish woman's life is turned upside down when she publishes the cryptic messages left behind by an ancestor. Read full book review >

PRAYERS FOR THE LIVING by Alan Cheuse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"At its best, this story of a Jewish immigrant family tested by fate is as haunting as it is entertaining and as fresh as it was when it was first published nearly 30 years ago."
A revision of Cheuse's 1986 novel The Grandmothers' Club, this mystical tale traces the rise and fall of a prominent rabbi, Manny Bloch, who goes into business with a brother-in-law named Mord.Read full book review >
THE MERMAID'S CHILD by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Weakened by its monotonous structure but propelled by luminous detail and Malin's determination, this novel is not Baker at her strongest, but the promise is evident."
Alone in an unforgiving, sometimes-fantastical landscape, Malin Reed is on a journey in search of a mythical mother in this pungent early novel, newly available in the U.S., from acclaimed British writer Baker (Offcomer, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
THE STOLEN ONES by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Thriller fans will enjoy this one. Laukkanen is a first-class storyteller."
From start to finish, a fast-moving and satisfying thriller starring a likable if unlikely duo. Read full book review >
THE BULLET by Mary Louise Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Brilliant, beautiful Caroline's astonishingly bad decisions, coupled with her over-the-top reactions as events play out, make her a less-than-sympathetic protagonist in this unbalanced tale of love, perfidy and violence in Hotlanta."
Like Kelly's first novel (Anonymous Sources, 2013, this sophomore effort centers on a beautiful woman who inadvertently becomes involved in a dangerous, high-stakes situation that soon becomes a matter of life or death.Read full book review >
THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A richly layered, beautifully told and somehow lovable story about war, revenge and loss."
Elijah Goldstein's devoted Uncle Poxl is a Jewish World War II fighter pilot and an overnight literary sensation. What more could a boy want?Read full book review >
MADEMOISELLE CHANEL by C.W. Gortner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An homage to a couture icon whose influence is still powerful today."
An admiring portrait of the designer who first modernized women's wear, told in the first person as she looks back over her life. Read full book review >
GARBO'S LAST STAND by Jon James Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An appealing blend of hard-boiled noir and action-movie excitement with a romantic, worshipful heart."
In Miller's novel, a dying former tabloid reporter tells the story of his 1939 cruise-ship adventure—involving Greta Garbo, Nazis and a beautiful British secret agent—to a young journalist hoping for an exclusive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >