Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE WAITING ROOM by Leah Kaminsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An ambitious debut is bogged down in banalities and too-cute narrative tricks."
The daughter of Holocaust survivors contends with present-day violence in Israel and Palestine. Read full book review >
A BLOOM OF BONES by Allen Morris Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Jones (Last Year's River, 2001, etc.) has written a most American of novels, bristling with hard truths."
Eli Singer is a renowned poet whose artistic sensibilities are like "[Wendell] Berry meets Bukowski," but his elegant verse is crafted by a haunted man. Read full book review >

A VOICE IN THE NIGHT  by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Camilleri's trusty inspector keeps things lighthearted while catching powerful men with their pants down; you can trust in his razor-sharp investigative mind even as basic skills amusingly escape him."
When the distressed manager of a robbed supermarket winds up dead after being questioned, a seasoned investigator and his team are quick to discover that this crime has many layers. Read full book review >
THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dörte Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Hansen's debut novel was a surprise bestseller in Germany but will probably find a cooler reception here."
The inhospitable farmhouse of a cranky German dowager becomes home to three generations of unhappy women. Read full book review >
OEDIPUS IN BROOKLYN AND OTHER STORIES by Blume Lempel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"With shrewdness, wit, and lyricism, Lempel gives voice to the women, the aging, the ill, and others who, from the margins of modern society, have had trouble making themselves heard."
A collection of stories by an accomplished Yiddish writer now appears in English for the first time. Read full book review >

THE NERDY AND THE DIRTY by B.T. Gottfred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A truly beautiful story about passionately falling in love with another and learning to love and share your true self. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Benedict Pendleton and Penelope Lupo are the unlikeliest of unlikely high school couples. Read full book review >
5 Days to Landfall by Robert Roy Britt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"A vigorous tale in which a violent, inescapable storm terrorizes everyone, even the villains."
A forecaster at the turn of the millennium, using a nonoperational program of her own design, fears a hurricane is headed straight for an ill-prepared New York City in this thriller. Read full book review >
Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"An unlikely romance between two beautifully written characters will leave readers swooning."
Vaughn Hargrave is a gallery assistant whose world revolves around art. Without the distraction of sex or romance, he's free to focus on work friends and creating a comfortable life for himself. Jonah Sondern is his exact opposite. His life revolves around the gym, the club, and hot, anonymous, sex. Read full book review >
Rightful Heir by Becca Ketelsleger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2016

"Will appeal to fans of classic sword-and-king fantasy, especially with its likable lead, but needs additional editing."
A female warrior, who is a natural leader, stars in this retelling of the King Arthur myth. Read full book review >
Opposite of Frozen by Jan O'Hara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A sweet, heartfelt series love story."
O'Hara's debut romance stars a former major league baseball superstar with a major chip on his shoulder, a woman with an aversion to commitment, and a raucous crew of elderly vacationers. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A laudable sci-fi yarn that's both irreverent and relevant."
In Richter's (Mating Rituals of Migratory Humans, 2013) dystopian novel, a lowly citizen may be the "Chosen One," destined to lead a revolution against a government that thrives on fear. Read full book review >
Inside the Flavor League by Paul Moser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"A conspiratorial, character-driven, and fantastically creative tale of high-end liquor and outlandish melodrama."
A satirical yarn traces the roots of a secret society monitoring and fiercely protecting the sanctity of alcoholic beverages. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >