Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

CAVE DWELLERS by Richard Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"To the shelves groaning with countless Adolf-addled efforts, this is an understated, entertaining addition."
Awkward spies, a helpful bad guy, and a love of the German countryside mark this exceptional period thriller focused on homegrown opposition to Hitler. Read full book review >
TENDER by Sofia Samatar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"An impressive collection of stories that excite the imagination."
In her first short story collection, Samatar (The Winged Histories, 2016, etc.) brings together 20 tales ranging widely in form and tone but all offering vivid, fantastical speculation. Read full book review >

THE DELIGHT OF BEING ORDINARY by Roland Merullo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Lucid, unpretentious fiction spotlighting the drama of trying to make the divine part of our everyday lives."
Another genre-defying installment in Merullo's engaging series of seriocomic religious novels (Dinner with Buddha, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SHADOW LAND by Elizabeth Kostova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Kostova's passion and tragic sense of history, along with jewellike character studies, almost make up for the overplotting and repetitiveness as she drums her points home."
Searching for the owners of a mysterious urn that's fallen into her possession, a young American traveler takes a weeklong drive through Bulgaria guided by an enigmatic cabdriver in Kostova's (The Swan Thieves, 2010, etc.) exploration of the price paid for love and art to survive under a brutal political regime. Read full book review >
PENANCE by Kanae Minato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Despite an intriguing premise and some shocking reveals, Minato's latest ultimately succumbs to monotony and bloat."
A grieving parent and four guilt-stricken friends struggle to cope with the rape and strangulation of a 10-year-old girl. Read full book review >

MUSIC OF THE GHOSTS by Vaddey Ratner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Lush with tropical heat and heated emotions, this is no easy read but impossible to put down."
Ratner (In the Shadow of the Banyon, 2012), a survivor of the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia, has written a novel-length smot, a form of "poetry sung in honor of loved ones, living or dead." Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF GASLIGHT LANE by M.R.C. Kasasian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Kasasian faithfully imitates the tale's Gothic forbears in both bloody horror and florid prose. Readers might be better served by digging into the original Victoriana."
A fourth case for pre-eminent personal detective Sidney Grice and his ward and assistant, Miss March Middleton (Death Descends on Saturn Villa, 2016, etc.), delves into grisly murders old and fresh in Victorian London. Read full book review >
COLD WELCOME by Elizabeth Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Solidly engrossing if unspectacular fare, with greatest appeal to readers who prefer the familiar over the innovative."
After an extended—and impressive—excursion into fantasy, Moon returns to science fiction, picking up her Vatta's War series (Victory Conditions, 2008, etc.) where she left off. Read full book review >
SIGNS FOR LOST CHILDREN by Sarah Moss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A delicate, forgiving consideration of mental health and healing."
For Ally Moberley, a pioneering woman doctor in Victorian England who has just made a happy marriage, the future seems bright until the groundbreaking nature of her role, working with mentally troubled female patients, and a return to the stresses of her childhood begin to threaten her own peace of mind. Read full book review >
A FAMILY LEXICON by Natalia Ginzburg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Ginzburg's 'lexicon' is a valuable addition to an already burnished body of work in translation."
An autobiographical novel from one of Italy's leading postwar writers. Read full book review >
EVERY NIGHT I DREAM OF HELL by Malcolm Mackay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Label this one Highland dinge."
A Glasgow fixer gets roped into the machinations of an embattled crime empire in this hard-boiled tartan noir. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF THE YOUNG by Edie Meidav
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A penetrating collection that glides among an impressive breadth of storytelling modes with warmth and easy brilliance."
A probing and deeply ruminative cross-genre odyssey. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >