Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE KEPT WOMAN by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Middling for a matchless series (Unseen, 2013, etc.) in which, just as in grand opera, nothing ordinary ever happens."
After two intense stand-alones (Pretty Girls, 2015, etc.), Slaughter brings back the regulars whose personal problems are just as dark, urgent, and potentially violent as those of the criminals they investigate. Read full book review >
CANNIBALS IN LOVE by Mike Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A study of young masculinity: atmospheric, quietly aggressive, and unexpectedly hopeful."
An angst-y all-American coming-of-age tale in 18 linked vignettes, Roberts' debut captures the anger and tumult of early adulthood in the George W. Bush years. Read full book review >

REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A brisk and sophisticated study of a conscience in crisis."
A Colombian political cartoonist has second thoughts about a takedown he delivered decades earlier. Read full book review >
Rembrandt's Shadow by Janet Lee Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A moving rendering of a true story about an art dealer, both thrilling and historically fascinating,"
A debut novel details a Jewish family's escape from the Nazis, and the emotional tumult it suffered in the aftermath. Read full book review >
SMOKE AND MIRRORS by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A dazzlingly tricky mystery, oddball characters, and an authentic feel for life in post-World War II England."
A magician's misdirections may provide the clue that solves three murders in 1950s Brighton. Read full book review >

Wilder by Rebecca Yarros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"Intelligent and fun, this fast-paced tale delivers kaleidoscopic settings and an adventurous love story."
Yarros (Ignite: Legacy, 2016, etc.) offers a shipboard romance between an extreme sports athlete and his ambitious tutor.Read full book review >
Transcendent by K.M. Szpara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2016

"A varied, remarkable collection of trans-themed fiction."
Szpara edits an anthology of new, speculative short stories from transgender perspectives. Read full book review >
Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely by Matthew Fogarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Energetic stories unveil limitless possibilities always within reach."
A collection offers tales populated by families, lovers, and pariahs who brave worlds both real and illusory. Read full book review >
AUNTIE POLDI AND THE SICILIAN LIONS by Mario Giordano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Giordano's wit and his formidable heroine's wisdom combine to make this debut a smash."
An ex-pat from Munich finds love and murder in Sicily. Read full book review >
AFTER THE DAM by Amy Hassinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Taut, beautifully written, and suspenseful, this resonant, feminist drama eschews easy answers. A page-turner of the highest caliber."
When one person's political passion conflicts with the rest of her family's desires, tensions are inevitable. Read full book review >
SUMMERLONG by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A beautifully detailed fantasy about love, magic, and age that doesn't quite reconcile its reality with the myths that inspire it."
In his first new novel in more than a decade, Beagle creates an intimate drama between the members of a family who are slowly blindsided by myth and magic spilling into their ordinary world. Read full book review >
BELOVED POISON by E.S. Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A debut mystery chock full of mysterious doings, riveting historical detail, and so many horrifying anecdotes about the state of medicine in the mid-1800s that you can almost feel the evil miasma rising from the pages."
The coming demolition of St. Saviour's Infirmary in Victorian London marks a decisive chapter for a young woman who's lived her entire life there as a man. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >