Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

WHISPERING SHADOWS by Jan-Philipp Sendker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"This novel explores a side of Hong Kong tourists rarely experience, but it has a conclusion that feels rushed despite action that moves at an almost glacial pace."
Sendker's most recent offering continues his literary love affair with Asia, this time following two broken men and the ways in which their lives intersect. Read full book review >
WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >

MISS CARTER'S WAR by Sheila Hancock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Hancock herself, an actress who's written memoirs (Just Me, 2008, etc.)—proves that old age is not a time to languish, having published her first novel at age 81."
Marguerite Carter never found life easy. She lost her parents as a child and worked for the French Resistance during World War II before coming to England with a desire to make the world a better place. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE HORIZON by Ryan Ireland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Intellectual in theme, literary in execution: think Gabriel García Márquez reimagining Little Big Man."
Ireland finds no heroes in his debut novel, which blends fanciful history with magic realism to create a critical allegory of the American expansionist experience. Read full book review >
MORNING SEA by Margaret Mazzantini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A tragedy for our time."
As in her novel about Sarajevo (Twice Born, 2011), Mazzantini explores displacement and the effect of political chaos on individual lives in this extremely brief but intense story of Libyans seeking refuge in Italy and Italians seeking their lost past in Libya.Read full book review >

APOCALYPSE BABY by Virginie Despentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Powerful and empowered to a point, but this could have used sharper editing."
Structured like a classic noir, this French novel exposes the rotten core of contemporary European society through the perspectives of several female characters. Read full book review >
POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST by Marcia Willett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Once again (as in The Courtyard, 2007), a potentially intriguing fictional family history is smothered by excessive niceness."
In Willett's latest Cornwall cozy, a trio of aging siblings is threatened—but not enough—by their erstwhile stepbrother. Read full book review >
THE DIG by Cynan Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A persistently dour story that's energized by the author's command of character and mood."
A badger baiter and a farmer have an existential pas de deux in rural Wales in this slim, piercing novella, the author's first to be published in the United States. Read full book review >
THE HORSE HEALER by Gonzalo Giner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A bit like an exotic medieval mashup of War and Peace and Oliver Twist."
Spanish novelist Giner relates the adventures of Diego de Malagón, a young albéitar, or veterinarian, during the Spanish peninsula's conflict-wracked 13th century. Read full book review >
MEDICINE WALK by Richard Wagamese
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A powerful novel of hard men in hard country reminiscent of Jim Harrison's Legends of the Fall."
Wagamese (Dream Wheels, 2006, etc.) sends young Franklin Starlight on a "medicine walk," a journey of knowing, in this story about the nature of manhood. Read full book review >
THE GIVEN WORLD by Marian Palaia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"An immensely rewarding read and a remarkable debut."
One woman's war. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND by Samantha Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"The author likes to add a twist or two at the end, but the conclusion seems contrived and a bit too neat."
Hayes cooks up a new adventure for the least interesting character in her previous venture (Until You're Mine, 2014), British DI Lorraine Fisher.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >