Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

MAD COUNTRY by Samrat Upadhyay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Brilliant but accessible gems of short fiction."
Seven stories and a novella by a Nepali author who explores universal themes of envy, racism, political power, and disappointment in love with subtle and persuasive power. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN LEGEND by Nadeem Aslam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Brooding and beautiful: a mature, assured story of the fragility of the world and of ourselves."
"This world is the last thing God will ever tell us": an aching, lyrical story of schisms and secrets in present-day Pakistan. Read full book review >

MY CAT YUGOSLAVIA by Pajtim Statovci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Allegorical but matter-of-fact: a fine debut, layered with meaning and shades of sorrow."
Winner of Finland's highest literary honor for best debut novel, an elegant, allegorical portrait of lives lived at the margin, minorities within minorities in a new land. Read full book review >
ARARAT by Christopher Golden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A thriller with an intellectual bent, Golden's latest effort ruminates on the nature and existence of good and evil while providing the chills and tingles fans of this prolific author have come to expect."
Far up on Turkey's Mount Ararat, buried within it like a cave, explorers discover the remains of a ship they think may be Noah's Ark. After they open an odd sarcophaguslike container and mess around with the horned cadaver inside, evil happens. Read full book review >
WHAT'S BECOME OF HER by Deb Caletti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A darkly enchanting romance sinks into a thrilling cat-and-mouse game."
When charismatic, brooding aspiring poet and Edgar Allan Poe aficionado Henry North arrives on Parrish Island, Isabelle Austen is smitten. But Henry comes bearing secrets that may spell Isabelle's death. Read full book review >

THE GOOD ASSASSIN by Paul Vidich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"This may be Cuba, but the spirits aren't exactly libre."
An ex-CIA agent is called into pre-Castro Cuba to discover whether a current agent has gone rogue. Read full book review >
CHANGE AGENT by Daniel Suarez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A natural at making future shocks seem perfectly believable, Suarez (Influx, 2014, etc.) delivers his most entertaining high-tech thriller yet."
In the year 2045, Singapore-based Interpol agent Kenneth Durand's campaign against black-market gene editing is set back when he's injected with a synthetic "change agent" that transforms him into the spitting image of his evil nemesis. Read full book review >
A GRACE PALEY READER by Grace Paley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Think of the pieces here as a series of scale models that together encapsulate Paley's generous sensibility."
Has there ever been an author like Paley? Read full book review >
SPOILS by Brian Van Reet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A fine piece of writing that should stand in the front ranks of recent war novels."
In a strong debut, an Iraq War veteran tells the before and after for both sides of a brief firefight in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Read full book review >
UNRELIABLE by Lee Irby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Will Eddie make it to the wedding? Will he ever find love again? Is he really a killer? Unfortunately, by the time readers reach the overwrought conclusion, they may not care."
A downtrodden professor returns home for his mother's wedding. Mayhem ensues. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF JOAN by Lidia Yuknavitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A harrowing and timely entry into the canon of speculative fiction."
A retelling of the Joan of Arc story set in a terrifying near future of environmental and political chaos. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF CAFÉ LEILA by Donia Bijan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Poignant and absorbing, the book explores the pull not only of family, but of the place we first call home."
This lyrical debut novel, an immigrant saga and coming-of-age story, provides a tantalizing look at Iran pre- and post-revolution. 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 >