Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE EVER AFTER OF ASHWIN RAO by Padma Viswanathan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"This is an accomplished novel, but ironically enough, its successes make it sometimes tough to take."
Viswanathan's (The Toss of a Lemon, 2008) new novel explores both the personal and global aftermaths of a terrorist attack.Read full book review >
THE SUNKEN CATHEDRAL by Kate Walbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Elegant and elegiac."
An artful novel in stories from the author of A Short History of Women (2009) and Our Kind (2004).Read full book review >

LOUISA MEETS BEAR by Lisa Gornick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Superficial connections devoid of life-giving subtext."
In eight loosely constructed stories, Gornick (Tinderbox, 2013, etc.), a psychoanalyst, portrays the small worlds of privileged Americans.Read full book review >
AMERICAN METEOR by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"This novel memorably encompasses grand themes and notions of transcendence without ever losing sight of the grit and moral horrors present in the period."
A young Civil War veteran ventures West, encountering violence and moments of revelation on his way. Read full book review >
SAFEKEEPING by Jessamyn Hope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Less convincing when striving for the epic, this solid novel achieves its strongest moments of emotional resonance in the presence of its older female characters."
An alcoholic who travels to Israel on a mission of atonement—to return a priceless brooch to an aging kibbutznik—is one of a disparate group of survivors with intertwined futures. Read full book review >

THE HOUSEHOLD SPIRIT by Tod Wodicka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Wodicka's fluid, expressive prose—dotted with quotable observations often as odd as his players—serves well his weaving of such a convincing, unexpected story from eccentricity, pain, and need."
An unconventional friendship arises between two damaged people sharing a lonely upstate New York road in this bittersweet, deeply sympathetic sophomore effort. Read full book review >
LANGUAGE ARTS by Stephanie Kallos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Although touchingly humane and impressive in scope, this novel is undermined by some lapses in judgment and its excessive ambition."
The impact of an autism diagnosis reverberates down the decades for a Seattle family in a voluminous novel exploring words and expression, parenting and letting go. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US by Annie Barrows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Undeniably entertaining but as slow-moving as a steamy Macedonian summer."
The co-author of a novel about the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands now turns her attention to scandals besetting a small Depression-era West Virginia town. Read full book review >
RISE by Karen Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"An engaging writer introduces herself with this fresh, intelligent entertainment, full of satisfying moving parts."
A young woman on the run from a vicious pursuer, a troubled marriage, a man tormented by a sneering ghost, and the fight to save a sacred landscape from development are the ingredients in a Scottish author's impressive U.S. debut. Read full book review >
THE JEZEBEL REMEDY by Martin Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Clark seems to potentially have a good thing here with Joe and Lisa Stone, who come across as a laid-back, country-rock spin on Nick and Nora Charles. They deserve another (and, yes, better) chance."
One character says it all: "Hired guns and secret formulas. Damn." Read full book review >
Eighty Days of Sunlight by Robert Yune
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Equal parts hilarity and heartbreak in an accomplished debut."
In Yune's moving and darkly comic debut novel, a young Korean-American man struggles to come to terms with his cultural identity and dysfunctional working-class family. Read full book review >
CASH LANDING by James Grippando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Andie's bridegroom, series regular Jack Swyteck, turns up in the last chapter to help slam the door on this zany, overlong caper. But it's hard to care which of these lowlifes ends up on top when they're all so despicable."
Thieves fall out over a fabulous jackpot that somehow isn't quite enough to go around. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >