Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Mildly entertaining, Ryan's debut novel seems overfamiliar and too intent on warming the heart."
While their men are off fighting the Nazis, the women in the English village of Chilbury struggle to carry on. Read full book review >
THE BLUE HOUR by Laura Pritchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An original meditation on sex, love, and death."
One man's death sends wide shock waves across a Colorado community. Read full book review >

THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"The lack of narrative drive may irk some readers, but those who appreciate her able combination of intelligence, wit, and rue will willingly follow Drabble into the sunset."
From veteran novelist Drabble (The Pure Gold Baby, 2013, etc.), a meditation on modern old age spiked with astringent humor on a subject "too serious for tears." Read full book review >
AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This book will take root in readers' hearts. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fabiola Toussaint is a black immigrant girl whose life is flipped upside down when she moves to Detroit, Michigan, from her homeland of Haiti and her mother is detained by ICE, leaving her to go on alone. Read full book review >
ONES AND ZEROES by Dan Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A high-tech, futuristic Ocean's Eleven with teens. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Do you matter? Are you a one or a zero? Read full book review >

THE LAST OF AUGUST by Brittany Cavallaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This muddled mystery rests on elaborate machinations with disproportionate motivations, but the emotional odyssey should satisfy readers seeking a contemporary, teenage take on the Baker Street pair. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
A duo becomes a trio and tries to settle family feuds in this relationship-focused crime caper sequel to A Study in Charlotte (2016). Read full book review >
PIECING ME TOGETHER by Renée Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story about the power of art, community, and friendship. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Jade dreams of success beyond her neighborhood despite the prejudices that surround her. Read full book review >
SHADOWBAHN by Steve Erickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Think Philip K. Dick on smoother acid and with a more up-to-date soundtrack, and you've got something of this eminently strange, thoroughly excellent book."
The sleep of reason produces monsters, said Goya—including monsters of architecture and history that meet, most uneasily, in the pages of Erickson's (These Dreams of You, 2012, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
THE DARK AND OTHER LOVE STORIES by Deborah Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"These are low-key stories of great acuity, precision, and poignancy."
Canadian story-writer Willis' second collection, following Vanishing and Other Stories (2010), confirms her debut's promise and extends its range. Read full book review >
ON TURPENTINE LANE by Elinor Lipman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Warm, clever, a little silly, a lot of fun."
A professional thank-you-note writer buys a house with a past and gets more than she bargained for. Read full book review >
The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A lyrical, compelling coming-of-age story with magical elements."
A water-loving girl struggles to find her place on land in this novel. Read full book review >
THE NINETY-NINTH FLOOR by Jana Fawaz Elhassan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An intimate and intense novel that shines a light on both the overt and hidden tensions of the Middle East."
Two star-crossed lovers—one Lebanese and the other Palestinian—meet in New York and try to reconcile their contentious romantic and political feelings in this novel from a Lebanese author who's never been translated into English before. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >