Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

LACY EYE by Jessica Treadway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A worthwhile story marred by a terrible title."
Treadway checks in with this novel about family, emotional wounds and blind love. Read full book review >
THE HEROES' WELCOME by Louisa Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Having invested in Young's characters in the superb My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You (2011), we care even more about them the second time around. One looks forward to reading the final installment."
In the middle novel of Young's projected World War I trilogy, a disfigured British soldier and the officer he saved face arduous struggles, as do the women they left behind. Read full book review >

WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate."
A multilayered, morally ambiguous novel of family, blood and betrayal. Read full book review >
SOIL by Jamie Kornegay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"The main problem is the lack of any sympathetic characters; Jay is simply too far gone to rank as a tragic figure. But Kornegay's skillful writing keeps the story gripping and the atmosphere haunting."
In this Southern-gothic debut novel, a lost soul battles the elements and the elements win. Read full book review >
BAREFOOT DOGS by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A nimble debut that demonstrates not a singular narrative voice but a realistic chorus of them."
When the patriarch of a large, wealthy clan in Mexico City is kidnapped, it leads the family to an unintentional diaspora. Read full book review >

THE ADVENTURE OF THE BUSTS OF EVA PERÓN by Carlos Gamerro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Though the book could use a few more characters as richly drawn as Marroné, he deserves the spotlight as a bumbling Everyman caught up in a struggle between political change and his own selfishness."
This clever comic novel about a conventional Argentinian businessman caught up in guerilla politics is buoyantly relentless in its biting satire. Read full book review >
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs."
Two American spies—one retired, one active—dance around what really happened five years earlier during a mission gone horribly wrong. Read full book review >
THE VALLEY by John Renehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A must-read if you want a glimpse of the turmoil Americans faced in Afghanistan or if you just want a page-flipping good yarn."
From a first-time novelist, a military thriller packed with action and mystery. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF VIDEO by Jeremy Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A novel that manages to be both very funny and very sad, with an unrepentant belief in both movies and love served with a cleverness and irreverence that are difficult to resist."
In this funny, surprisingly tender debut novel, Hawkins tells the story of a misfit group of video-store employees whose efforts to save their beloved shop offer the reader a cast of lovable oddities and a streak of infectious adoration for the power of movies. Read full book review >
ADDENDUM TO A PHOTO ALBUM by Vladislav Otroshenko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A deeply strange novel that reads like a Chekhov play inspired by the comedy stylings of Monty Python."
A hallucinatory novella about an enormous Cossack family endlessly at odds with one other. Read full book review >
THE DREAM OF MY RETURN by Horacio Castellanos Moya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Moya has written a tight little novel that is wickedly witty and built on the idea of memory as a never-ending cause of inspiration and turmoil."
An exquisitely wry novel that builds on the infinite variations of anxiety as narrative force. Read full book review >
LIFE OF A COUNTERFEITER by Yasushi Inoue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Inoue writes with remarkable clarity and disarming simplicity about feelings and concepts usually too intricate and ambiguous to pin down."
This newly translated volume includes the novella of the title plus two midlength stories by Inoue (The Hunting Gun, 2014, etc.), a major Japanese author less known in the U.S.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 >