Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

GRAVITY CHANGES  by Zach Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A fanciful take on life, love, tragedy, and human connection that draws its strength from insight instead of artifice."
Flying children, lovely light bulbs, and unusually expressive faces are just some of the wonders that populate the world of Powers' debut short story collection. Read full book review >
ROCKS BEAT PAPER by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Knowles builds for impact and speed. Even the ruthless hero's matter-of-fact reflections on his felonious craft ('The games we play are never fair and they never end clean. They just end') achieve a truly baleful economy."
The fifth recorded caper for the thief who, imitating Richard Stark's Parker, is known only as Wilson dangles a fortune in jewels in front of him and an ill-fated crew. Read full book review >

THE LEMON JELL-O SYNDROME by Man Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A slight, charming, gravely loopy bit of whimsy equally likely to appeal to amateur etymologists, untenured academics, spouses who fear cuckolding, and anyone who's ever woken up with the feeling that they aren't quite themselves."
Martin (Paradise Dogs, 2011) presents a medical mystery in which the detective is also the victim of a rare and deeply threatening malady: loss of self. Read full book review >
SINCE WE FELL by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"What seems at the start to be an edgy psychological mystery seamlessly transforms into a crafty, ingenious tale of murder and deception—and a deeply resonant account of one woman's effort to heal deep wounds that don't easily show."
Don't zoom through this latest entry in Lehane's illustrious body of work. You'll miss plenty of intrigue, intricacies, and emotional subtleties. Read full book review >
EVENSONG by Kate Southwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An introspective novel about a woman hoping for closure before death."
An old woman reflects on her life as she approaches the end of it in a small Midwestern town. Read full book review >

THE SCRIBE OF SIENA by Melodie Winawer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The realities of day-to-day existence in 1340s Europe are so viscerally represented that readers will readily accept the fanciful premise."
A New York neurosurgeon finds herself in medieval Siena facing a career change, plague, and true love. Read full book review >
SUMMER STOCK by Vanessa  North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"A steamy book in which nuanced friendships are as central as the romance between two star-crossed lovers."
A moonlighting television actor and a local handyman hook up one drunken night. Will the forces of celebrity, gossip, and their respective pasts get in the way of what could be a beautiful relationship? Read full book review >
BEHIND THE MOON by Madison Smartt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"Bell is a gifted veteran, and though the more realistic half of this novel is more compelling and affecting than the mystic fever dream, the whole is lyrical, ambitious, and well worth reading."
From Bell (The Color of Night, 2011, etc.), a novel about a young woman finding her way back aboveground both literally and metaphorically after a misadventure beneath the surface of things. Read full book review >
BONNIE AND CLYDE by Clark Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"Outlaws become patriots in this imaginative, suspenseful what-if story."
In this novel, Bonnie's and Clyde's deaths are faked so that they can save President Franklin D. Roosevelt from an assassin. Read full book review >
SWIM by Sandra Scofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"Short pieces by an author who wields unease like a tool; a lean volume full of hearty character details and mid-20s yearning."
Three connected stories about an ingénue who travels across continents and oceans in the 1960s. Read full book review >
WATERSHED by Colin Dodds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2017

"An appealing mix of adventure and contemplation."
Dodds (Windfall, 2014, etc.) delivers a speculative novel about a powerful former politician and those he seeks to manipulate. Read full book review >
PROTOTYPE by Robert D. Gallagher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"A crafty futuristic yarn brimming with inventive ideas to fill the forthcoming series installments."
In this sci-fi debut, a prison escape artist faces his greatest challenge yet aboard a computer-run space station facility revolving near a black hole. 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 >