Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE CHOICES WE MAKE by Karma Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A compelling premise with a plot that intensifies satisfyingly in the second half, this book is a good bet for readers who don't shy away from difficult moral questions swirling around a sometimes-sappy center."
In a novel exploring the fragile ties of friendship, love, and family, Brown (Come Away With Me, 2015) takes on the loaded subject of surrogate motherhood between a pair of best friends—and the unforeseen turmoil and tragedy that result. Read full book review >
LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE by Amy Reichert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An enjoyable and thought-provoking exploration of a modern-day marriage in midlife crisis."
A middle-age housewife tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband by taking up his hobby of poker, then wins a tournament that puts her on the fast track to the poker championships, putting more pressure on a once-strong, now struggling marriage. Read full book review >

BABY DOLL by Hollie  Overton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Overton, while capturing the unique bond shared by identical twins, never manages to maintain narrative momentum beyond a series of heartfelt vignettes."
Held captive for eight years, a woman and her young daughter escape only to find that the outside world can be as frightening as their locked room. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP by Joanna Cannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A thoughtful tale of loyalty and friendship, family dynamics and human nature, and the cancer of buried truths."
In a small-town cul-de-sac in rural England, preteen Grace and her friend Tilly set out to find God. What they unknowingly uncover is an ugly neighborhood secret. Read full book review >
INVADERS by Jacob Weisman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"By their natures, anthologies are often hit and miss: there are misses aplenty here, but the hits, when they come, are solid and lingering."
A collection of 22 short stories featuring several big names of literary fiction experimenting with science-fiction themes and concepts. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO BROKE ALL THE RULES by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A merry, lighthearted caper."
Could prison really be worse than a retirement home? Five senior citizens plan the perfect crime to find out. Read full book review >
HEARTBREAKER by Maryse Meijer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A dark and surprising new voice in short fiction."
The edgy stories in Meijer's debut collection cut like so many wild teeth: sharp, deep, and unforgiving. Read full book review >
WOLF LAKE by John Verdon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The case is a bit cluttered, Gurney's drawn-out ratiocinations slow the pace at the end, and Verdon's straightforward prose doesn't effectively evoke the tale's dark setting. Still, the notion of shared nightmares holds the reader start to finish."
Standard isolated-inn thriller with notes of horror and hints of the supernatural. Read full book review >
DANCING WITH THE TIGER by Lili Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Well written but seriously undisciplined."
An unwieldy cast of bad characters scrambles across Mexico after Montezuma's funerary mask in a thriller with pretensions by memoirist Wright (Learning to Float, 2002). Read full book review >
THE HEAVENLY TABLE by Donald Ray Pollock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A darkly comic gorefest by a gifted writer."
In 1917, after the death of their father, three dirt-poor Georgia brothers murder their employer, steal guns and horses, and embark on an epic crime spree. Read full book review >
CHAMPION OF THE WORLD by Chad Dundas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Dundas suggests writers known for loosely historical works, such as Doctorow and Chabon, but he features a pared-down, punchy style that goes well with his characters' basic raw ambitions and emotions."
In 1920s America, when professional wrestling is in its dying years as a serious sport, one high-stakes contest brings together athletes, gangsters, and long-suffering women in this fine debut. Read full book review >
POND by Claire-Louise Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Strange and lyrical with an acute sense of humor."
First published in Ireland, Bennett's meditative debut—rigorous, poetic, and often very funny—captures the rich inner life of a young woman living a mostly solitary existence in a remote coastal town. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >