Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

SHADOW WAR by Sean McFate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A promising debut from an author who clearly knows the realities of the mercenary's trade."
A veteran paratrooper and military contractor's debut novel about an American mercenary on a covert operation in Ukraine. Read full book review >
A BAD END by Fernando Royuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A gonzo record of a large life."
A Spanish dwarf recounts his life and times even as they're coming to an end. Read full book review >

THE MOTHER by Yvette Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"But, ultimately, the lack of resolution leaves the reader with a lingering sense of the unfinished."
After the murder of 16-year-old Ryan Williams, his mother, Marcia, is consumed by grief as she struggles to find answers to his killing. Read full book review >
THE MOTHERS by Rod Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Happiness, though, is rare and fleeting in Jones' dark world."
Three generations of oppressed mothers. Read full book review >
THE DROWNED DETECTIVE by Neil Jordan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This is a novel in which the reader is apt to become as lost as the woman its hero is searching for."
A private detective's pursuit of a missing young woman leads him into an obsessive relationship and undermines the life he took for granted. Read full book review >

THE METAPHYSICAL UKULELE by Sean Carswell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Paradoxically both wacky and thoughtful—an odd mix."
In each of these 12 stories, Carswell imitates the style and/or preoccupations of another author, using real events from the writers' lives…and also inserts a ukulele—literal, metaphorical, or metaphysical. Read full book review >
AMP'D by Ken Pisani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Complete with painfully wry observations and delightfully caustic wit, this novel is a gritty exploration of what it's like to feel incomplete in the world. All five fingers up for this bitterly satisfying tale."
When 40-something high school teacher Aaron loses his left arm in a car accident, he has a chance to overcome adversity and become a better man. But he'd rather pop a few Vicodin and smoke a joint. Read full book review >
THE LONEY by Andrew Michael Hurley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Mysterious and bleak, atmospheric and creepy—but, ironically, the novel lacks soul."
Years after a disturbing incident changes his life, a man finally tells the story of what happened to him and his brother in Hurley's tension-filled debut. Read full book review >
THE NOISE OF TIME by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A moody, muted composition about art under the thumb of tyranny."
A fictional treatment of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his long history of humiliation and persecution under Soviet rule. Read full book review >
THE SEED COLLECTORS by Scarlett Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Thomas is a literary star in the United Kingdom. She should be in the United States, too."
A gnarly family drama from the acclaimed author of Our Tragic Universe (2010) and The End of Mr. Y (2006).Read full book review >
HAPPY PEOPLE READ AND DRINK COFFEE by Agnes Martin-Lugand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Martin-Lugand's sparse but emotionally forceful style, aided by Smith's translation from the original French, catches the sweeter moments between two people embittered by loss."
After losing her husband and child in a car accident, the owner of a Parisian literary cafe moves to the Irish coast and falls in love with her neighbor in this uplifting travel fantasy. Read full book review >
THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"An essential work of post-Iron Curtain literature and a harrowing portrait of life under suspicion."
Atmospheric, lyrical novel from Nobel Prize-winning writer Müller (Traveling on One Leg, 1998, etc.) of life in Romania during the closing days of the Ceausescu dictatorship.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >