Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

OUR TOWN by Kevin McEnroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"The novel often evokes the twilight graces of a classic pop ballad, each lyric evoked with care in a cocktail lounge by a soft, sultry voice etched with pain."
If Ernest Hemingway had chosen to write about late-20th-century Hollywood while wearing Tennessee Williams' sunglasses, the result might read very much like this. Read full book review >
LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"The promise of redemption in the end is not enough to balance the darkness."
Knoll's debut thriller is a dark, cynical psychological comment on our culture of excess and violence. Read full book review >

FELL OF DARK by Patrick Downes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A stunning debut novel that offers sophisticated readers a glimpse into the psychological disintegrations of two distinct characters. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Teenagers Erik and Thorn are descending into madness on converging paths, heading toward a ruinous first encounter with each other. Read full book review >
HOW TO START A FIRE by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"This novel is instantly forgettable. Fans and curious new readers should stick to Lutz's bestselling Izzy Spellman mystery series (The Last Word, 2013, etc.)."
Three friends try to muddle through their complicated lives. Read full book review >
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME by Angela Readman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A strong collection in which elements of the strange are sustained by a surprising subtlety and understanding of human nature."
Basic human truths lie at the heart of every story in this collection, which ranges from the odd to the fantastic. Read full book review >

THE BLACK SNOW by Paul Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lynch evokes so many shades of guilt, pride, innocence, righteousness, and punishment that the book might help found a religion or maybe restore one's faith in a deity that could make a fine writer with one hand even if he unmade the Kanes with the other."
Life turns brutally cruel for a farming family of three in 1940s Ireland in this sad, haunting novel from a writer with a gift for language and character. Read full book review >
THE ANCHORESS by Robyn Cadwallader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Sympathetic, fully realized characters and good use of period details make this a winning work of historical fiction."
Quiet, assured debut novel set in medieval England, concerning a young woman's entry into the religious life—one as tumultuous as anything on the outside. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF ARON by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Ordinary people reveal dimensions that are extraordinarily cruel or kind."
An understated and devastating novel of the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation, as seen through the eyes of a street-wise boy. Read full book review >
THE DEATH'S HEAD CHESS CLUB by John Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"That's quite a talking cure."
This first novel ambitiously and awkwardly examines questions of guilt and forgiveness arising from the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Read full book review >
GIRL AT WAR by Sara Novic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Elegiac, and understandably if unrelievedly so, with a matter-of-factness about death and uprootedness. A promising start."
Understated, self-assured roman à clef of a young girl's coming of age in war-torn Croatia. Read full book review >
ALMOST CRIMSON by Dasha Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A multilayered exploration of the intricate nature of family ties in defining who we are—and how, ultimately, we can choose who we want to become."
Twenty-eight-year-old accounts manager Cece Weathers has spent her life taking care of her sick mother after her father, a traumatized Vietnam vet, abandoned them before she was born. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF ZOMBIE WARS by Aleksandar Hemon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Fun, though, for Hemon fans who want to see him work in a different mode."
One of America's finest authors of somber novels about alienation brings a newbie's enthusiasm to a comic novel—about alienation, of course. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >