Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

WHISKEY AND CHARLIE by Annabel Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A powerful, emotionally riven tale of a brother's deep, complicated love."
An accident leaves a man comatose and near death. Will his twin have a chance to make amends? Read full book review >
THE LADY FROM ZAGREB by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"For setting, character, plot—and the ability to navigate a moral swamp—le Carré has a rival in Kerr."
Kerr (Field Gray, 2011, etc.) does moral ambiguity better than most; his flawed yet empathetic hero, Bernie Gunther, is a captain in the Nazi SD—Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers, the SS's feared intelligence service.Read full book review >

A SLANT OF LIGHT by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"More fine work from a writer who stirs both the head and the heart with powerful grace."
Another keening, moving novel steeped in American history and the rhythms of country life from Lent (After You've Gone, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
ODYSSEUS ABROAD by Amit Chaudhuri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Like Joyce, Chaudhuri recognizes that the seemingly artless rhythms and repetitions of daily life can have, in thoughtful hands, the depth and breadth of true art."
A meandering, sometimes mesmerizing quasi-novel about two Indian men living separately in London in 1985 and taking one of their regular walks together while memories arise and intrude. Read full book review >
THE WATER MUSEUM by Luis Alberto Urrea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Urrea's command of language is matched only by his empathy for his characters."
Urrea, celebrated for his historical sagas (Queen of America, 2011) and nonfiction (The Devil's Highway, 2004), offers 13 stories that reflect both sides of his Mexican-American heritage while stretching the reader's understanding of human boundaries.Read full book review >

THE ONLY WORDS THAT ARE WORTH REMEMBERING by Jeffrey Rotter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Although Rotter's novel is conceptually interesting, Rowan's journey becomes tedious, and the forces he tries to evade are of little interest."
A futuristic novel set in a bleak landscape involving an eccentric family of putative criminals and, eventually, a strange odyssey across America. Read full book review >
I REFUSE by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Without pyrotechnics, Petterson brings his characters and working-class Norway vividly, even passionately, to life; days after they finish the novel, readers may still have dreams of ice cracking."
Norwegian Petterson (It's Fine By Me, 2012, etc.) shows his considerable gift for exploring the darker crevices of boyhood in this elegiac story of two long-estranged friends whose lives have not turned out as they expected.Read full book review >
ASHES IN MY MOUTH, SAND IN MY SHOES by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Arvid's is far from an unhappy childhood, but writing within a child's limited vision, Petterson uses what's unspoken to wrench the reader's heart."
Readers of Petterson's award-winning Out Stealing Horses (2007) will find this translation of the Norwegian author's first published book, scheduled to appear in conjunction with his latest novel, I Refuse, takes a gentler approach to childhood.Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE by Larry Kramer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Breathtakingly well-written. And how could one not keep reading, no matter how endless, a book with a line such as 'You don't just drop a penis like Tibby's into the narrative and let it go'?"
Vast opening salvo in a thunderous assault on the prideful prejudice that separates "us" from "them" in the time of AIDS. Read full book review >
ACADEMY STREET by Mary Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Costello renders her homely, knowing heroine with craft and compassion in this sad, slim, rich novel."
In this darkly beautiful first novel, a girl finds happiness elusive and short-lived as she comes of age in Ireland and becomes a mother in the U.S. in the last century's latter half. Read full book review >
SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW by Margaret Dilloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"In this enjoyable novel, imperfect and at times unlikable women become lovable."
In Dilloway's third novel (The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, 2012, etc.), two estranged sisters wonder what they can learn from a 12th-century female samurai.Read full book review >
HOUSE OF ECHOES by Brendan Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A wonderfully tense and heart-wrenching debut."
In an isolated village in upstate New York, a young family finds "[d]emons in the wood and devils at the door." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >