Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lively history of romance in the dens of iniquity, love despite vice."
Too old to dream of being adopted, Ernest Young is raffled off at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific World Exposition to Madame Flora, who runs a notorious brothel. His adventures have just begun. Read full book review >
KISS ME SOMEONE by Karen Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Dark and sexually violent, Shepard's work can disturb—but her sharp prose and insights into the human psyche make it worth the read."
Women bear the dark consequences of infidelity, lies, and other betrayals. Read full book review >

WE WERE WITCHES by Ariel Gore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Inventive and affecting."
Dispatches from the life of a teen mom and budding feminist from the author of The End of Eve (2014) and Bluebird (2010). Read full book review >
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Locke, having stockpiled an acclaimed array of crime novels (Pleasantville, 2015, etc.), deserves a career breakthrough for this deftly plotted whodunit whose writing pulses throughout with a raw, blues-inflected lyricism."
What appears at first to be a double hate crime in a tiny Texas town turns out to be much more complicated—and more painful—than it seems. Read full book review >
A COLUMN OF FIRE by Ken Follett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"It's all a bit overwrought for what is, after all, a boy-loves-girl, boy-swashbuckles-to-win-girl yarn, but it's competently done. Follett's fans will know what to expect—and they won't be disappointed."
A flying buttress of a book, continuing the hefty Kingsbridge saga historical novelist Follett began with Pillars of the Earth (1989) and World Without End (2007). Read full book review >

FOREST DARK by Nicole Krauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An ambitiously high-concept tale that mainly idles in a contemplative register."
Two American visitors to Israel undergo separate but similar metamorphoses in this cerebral novel by Krauss (Great House, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"With her second novel, Ng further proves she's a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America."
This incandescent portrait of suburbia and family, creativity, and consumerism burns bright. Read full book review >
LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND by M.T. Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Resplendent with Anderson's trademark dry, sarcastic wit, this brief, complicated read serves as a scathing social commentary and, as the title indicates, an interrogation of free market economics. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
Humans inhabit the bottom echelons in this brief satirical novel of alien invasion that envisions a scenario more whimper than bang. Read full book review >
THE DRAGONFLY by Kate Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"This emotional high-wire act should have readers racing to the end."
A novel plunges a newly acquainted grandfather and granddaughter into adventures on the French canals. Read full book review >
LOVE AND FAMINE by Han-ping  Chin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Both epic and personal, this novel chronicles two decades of love, loss, history, and culture—and the complex tensions that arise from these forces—during the turbulent Mao era."
One should add "Politics" to the two abstractions of the title, for Chin's fictional world is infused with the cultural and personal consequences of Mao's Great Leap Forward. Read full book review >
CALL DOWN THE HAWK by Sheila Simonson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"The forth in Simonson's Latouche County series (Beyond Confusion, 2013, etc.) marries a story that draws you in with some fascinating characters worth being drawn to. The ending, alas, is a letdown."
Two dysfunctional families in Washington state are sunk in a morass of murder and suicide. Read full book review >
MARCH OF CRIME by Jess Lourey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Earthy language, quirky suspects, and much related tomfoolery for those who like their comic mayhem painted in broad strokes."
The founding member of the Murder-by-Month club is at it again. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >