Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

BLACK-EYED SUSANS by Julia Heaberlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Heaberlin takes what could have been the ingredients for just another episode of CSI and turns them into a truly compelling tale of the fragility of memory and elusive redemption."
As the only survivor of a serial killer, Tessa Cartwright has spent the last 20 years trying to forget her past, but when the killer's execution date looms, she begins questioning everything she once believed. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTNING STONES by Jack Du Brul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"'Climatology has been hijacked by politicians and environmental activists,' and now by Du Brul. Add science fantasy, and it makes for good action-adventure."
Du Brul (Havoc, 2006, etc.) moves from co-writing Clive Cussler books back to his own intrepid geologist, Philip Mercer, for another adventure where science meets special ops.Read full book review >

THE SCAMP by Jennifer Pashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family's secrets and a girl's determination to take control after a childhood 'that rips you apart so your insides are one big scar.'"
A chance meeting at a bar draws a young woman into an investigation that unexpectedly brings her answers about her long-lost cousin. Read full book review >
THE LONG FIRE by Meghan Tifft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"An unusual, strikingly written novel about a young woman's desire for understanding and love and how that longing remains familiar in even the most eccentric of circumstances."
A debut novel about a strangely appealing heroine whose lonely search for understanding plunges her into the dark weirdness of her family history. Read full book review >
FOOL ME ONCE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Even if the mystery is fairly standard, Alanis' sophomore adventure (The White Magic Five and Dime, 2014) is delightfully quirky. As a bonus, several informative tarot readings are embedded in the narrative, and each chapter begins with a pertinent card and quotation."
A wisecracking magic-shop owner turns sleuth to exonerate a friend from a murder rap. Read full book review >

WIND/PINBALL by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"Not as well-developed as the later books, and mostly for completists. Still, it's interesting to see hints of the masterly novels to come in these slender, pessimistic tales."
Two linked early novels from the prolific Murakami (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
SOPHIE AND THE SIBYL by Patricia Duncker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"Duncker gets the high melodrama and pedagogy of a Victorian novel right but does not achieve the contemporary distance that has made other neo-Victorian tales so delectable."
Scandalous novelist George Eliot throws 1870s Berlin society into a tizzy in Duncker's (The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge, 2010, etc.) Victorian roman à clef. Read full book review >
HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL by Melanie Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Sweet, clever, and fun."
How a kid can help her broke, widowed, overwhelmed mom: write a novel! Read full book review >
FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Touching and well-written."
Linked perspectives connect the quirky residents of an apartment building in Somer's second novel (Imperfections, 2012).Read full book review >
MRS. SINCLAIR'S SUITCASE by Louise Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A breathtaking, beautifully crafted tale of loves that survive secrets."
Letters and postcards once used as bookmarks flutter out of used books, forgotten signs of liaisons. Read full book review >
VILLA AMERICA by Liza Klaussmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Beautifully written and surprisingly fresh given the well-worn subject matter."
Another sensitive fictional portrait of a complicated marriage from the author of Tigers in Red Weather (2012).Read full book review >
FLOOD OF FIRE by Amitav Ghosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"At times slow-moving and repetitive, this novel still provides a satisfying sense of closure to the political and personal issues Ghosh opened up more than a thousand pages earlier."
Ghosh completes his epic Ibis trilogy with a book focusing on the First Opium War of 1839 to '41 and culminating in battles between the British navy and Chinese ports. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >