Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE WOLF BORDER by Sarah Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"A gifted writer, Hall offers a compelling, lyrical story rich in observation and symbolism."
Hall (The Beautiful Indifference, 2013, etc.) explores the emotional turmoil following a wildlife biologist's return home to Lowther Valley in England's Cumbria.Read full book review >
MOODS by Yoel Hoffmann
by Yoel Hoffmann, translated by Peter Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Vividly self-aware echoes of one man's fertile imagination."
Almost 200 gracefully composed poetic vignettes about the inner and outer lives of a writer in modern-day Israel. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >