Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

ONE MAN'S WAR by P.M. Kippert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Through its attention to detail and its deliberate perspective, Kippert's first novel delivers a precise, tense, and moving story."
In this episodic novel of World War II, a young American soldier stationed in Italy fights in the Battle of Anzio and observes a host of quiet horrors along the way. Read full book review >
AMERICAN FALLOUT by Brandon Wicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Wicks' stylistic reach sometimes exceeds his grasp, but overall this is a promising first novel about family, domesticity, and the ties that bind, whether we want them to or not."
In this alternately prolix and poignant debut, a young gay man, long estranged from his parents, heads south to retrieve his ailing mother after the suicide of his father. Read full book review >

BYSTANDERS by Tara Laskowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Some of these stories are thin and ineffective, but those that work dig deeply into our innermost, darkest fears."
A collection of stories about the way people are affected by the sometimes-unsettling and even violent things that happen to them or others. Read full book review >
OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES by Julia Franks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Though at times unevenly paced, Franks' debut is a thoughtful exploration of one woman's quest to live life on her own terms."
In the mountains of North Carolina, a dour preacher begins to suspect his wife is a witch after she befriends a well-meaning agent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read full book review >
Forsaken Oath by V.S. Kemanis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2016

"A clever, immersive installment in an ongoing series about a determined prosecutor."
Kemanis (Thursday's List, 2015, etc.) offers a new legal thriller centered on hardworking attorney Dana Hargrove. Read full book review >

LADIVINE by Marie NDiaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2016

"Come for the promise of a big reveal; stay for the beauty of small moments."
A trio of women create, discover, and keep disappearing on each other in this melancholy modern fable. Read full book review >
Hallow Mass by J.P. Mac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2016

"An imaginative back story and a rollicking plot make this an entertaining addition to the genre of occult fiction."
A university gets ensnared in a paranormal battle over a dangerous book in this debut horror novel. Read full book review >
LOSING IS WHAT MATTERS by Manuel Pérez Subirana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2016

"A wonderfully written portrait of a man who must lose everything before he can be free."
A Spanish lawyer's life falls apart in the days after he's dumped by his woman. Read full book review >
THE SWEEPSTAKES OF LOVE by Toomas Vint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2016

"A magnificently strange compilation offers a fun-house mirror view of contemporary life."
The difference between the surreal and the mundane is shown to be negligible in this fine collection of essays and stories. Read full book review >
Leave a Mark by Stephanie Fournet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2016

"A touching and striking modern love story."
Opposites attract when a troubled tattoo artist lands in a medical resident's ER in this contemporary romance novel. Read full book review >
A MAN OF GENIUS by Janet Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2016

"A historical novel with a compelling premise falters in its execution."
In 1819 London, a writer of gothic novels is caught up in a plot of desire, compulsion, and revenge. Read full book review >
DEADLY SAVAGE by Dave Edlund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2016

"Crackling action, brisk pace, timely topic; Edlund's third Savage thriller (Relentless Savage, 2015, etc.) has all the elements, if little subtlety."
While visiting his scientist father in Belarus, a military gun designer stumbles into a deadly international plot. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >