Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

ALMOST CRIMSON by Dasha Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A multilayered exploration of the intricate nature of family ties in defining who we are—and how, ultimately, we can choose who we want to become."
Twenty-eight-year-old accounts manager Cece Weathers has spent her life taking care of her sick mother after her father, a traumatized Vietnam vet, abandoned them before she was born. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF ZOMBIE WARS by Aleksandar Hemon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Fun, though, for Hemon fans who want to see him work in a different mode."
One of America's finest authors of somber novels about alienation brings a newbie's enthusiasm to a comic novel—about alienation, of course. Read full book review >

HYACINTH GIRLS by Lauren Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Hell hath no misery like a mean girl scorned."
When a bully turns into a target, it's hard to know whom to blame. And, as this twisty debut demonstrates, whom to believe. Read full book review >
ONLY THE STRONG by Jabari Asim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"You will rarely find a historical novel that's as panoramic yet also as lean, mean, and moving as this."
An epic saga of 1970s African-American life in a Midwestern city is neatly, deftly, and evocatively compressed into three tales with overlapping characters—and destinies. Read full book review >
HOUSEBREAKING by Dan Pope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Well-grounded but a little too busy for its own good."
Adultery, one of fiction's inexhaustible treasure-troves, is the main attraction in this second novel from Pope (In the Cherry Tree, 2003).Read full book review >

THE MOUNTAIN STORY by Lori Lansens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"If nature's danger and beauty are extreme here, the characters too seem melodramatically extreme in their sentimental goodness (and evil)."
In Lansens' latest (The Wife's Tale, 2010, etc.), a teenage boy finds himself stranded on a mountain with three women he doesn't know and must overcome not only the natural elements, but his own fears and guilt.Read full book review >
BACKLANDS by Victoria Shorr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2015

"More long-form ode than rigorously plotted page-turner, Shorr's lyrical exploration of these Brazilian folk heroes is as much a study of love as of the shifting emotional terrain of an entire country."
Shorr's debut novel is a fictionalized rendering of the interior lives of real-life 20th-century Brazilian folk heroes Lampião and Maria Bonita as they meet, fall in love, and travel the countryside with their gang of outlaws. Read full book review >
DIVINE PUNISHMENT by Sergio Ramírez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2015

"Still, though not as smoothly told as it might have been in the hands of a Vargas Llosa or García Márquez, a good yarn—and considering the lack of Central American literature available in English, it enriches a slender library."
A one-time vice president of Nicaragua explores dark corners of his nation's history in this blend of historical novel and noir procedural. Read full book review >
LIFE EMBITTERS by Josep Pla
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Students of Orwell's journalism and of Kapuscinski will be glad to discover Pla, whose melancholy resembles that of his contemporary Stefan Zweig—and for some of the same reasons."
Pla (The Gray Notebook, 2014, etc.), the late Catalan pessimist, is given another airing in English thanks to the efforts of his dogged translator, Bush.Read full book review >
IMMUNITY by Taylor Antrim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"If Bret Easton Ellis wrote a biothriller."
A nasty post-pandemic New York, with plenty of Patrón tequila and cocaine. Read full book review >
DEEP BLUE SALOON by Thomas Courtney Click
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A high-stakes Caribbean thriller, fueled by sex, drugs, and deep-sea dives."
Raised by the Texas Mafia and addicted to the nitrogen high of deep-sea diving, a hired gun struggles to escape his past and start anew. Read full book review >
JACK OF SPADES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"With its homages to Poe, from 'The Black Cat' to 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' and the horror masters Jack of Spades so admires, this latest unsettling and chilling thriller from Oates does not disappoint."
A mystery writer slowly becomes subsumed by his dark alter ego in Oates' tale of literary madness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >