Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

ONES AND ZEROES by Dan Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A high-tech, futuristic Ocean's Eleven with teens. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Do you matter? Are you a one or a zero? Read full book review >
THE LAST OF AUGUST by Brittany Cavallaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This muddled mystery rests on elaborate machinations with disproportionate motivations, but the emotional odyssey should satisfy readers seeking a contemporary, teenage take on the Baker Street pair. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
A duo becomes a trio and tries to settle family feuds in this relationship-focused crime caper sequel to A Study in Charlotte (2016). Read full book review >

PIECING ME TOGETHER by Renée Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story about the power of art, community, and friendship. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Jade dreams of success beyond her neighborhood despite the prejudices that surround her. Read full book review >
SHADOWBAHN by Steve Erickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Think Philip K. Dick on smoother acid and with a more up-to-date soundtrack, and you've got something of this eminently strange, thoroughly excellent book."
The sleep of reason produces monsters, said Goya—including monsters of architecture and history that meet, most uneasily, in the pages of Erickson's (These Dreams of You, 2012, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
THE DARK AND OTHER LOVE STORIES by Deborah Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"These are low-key stories of great acuity, precision, and poignancy."
Canadian story-writer Willis' second collection, following Vanishing and Other Stories (2010), confirms her debut's promise and extends its range. Read full book review >

ON TURPENTINE LANE by Elinor Lipman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Warm, clever, a little silly, a lot of fun."
A professional thank-you-note writer buys a house with a past and gets more than she bargained for. Read full book review >
The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A lyrical, compelling coming-of-age story with magical elements."
A water-loving girl struggles to find her place on land in this novel. Read full book review >
THE NINETY-NINTH FLOOR by Jana Fawaz Elhassan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An intimate and intense novel that shines a light on both the overt and hidden tensions of the Middle East."
Two star-crossed lovers—one Lebanese and the other Palestinian—meet in New York and try to reconcile their contentious romantic and political feelings in this novel from a Lebanese author who's never been translated into English before. Read full book review >
ALL BACK FULL by Robert Lopez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Fans of Lopez will understand what he's up to; others may be surprised to discover the novel, like a slug in the couple's driveway, has inched its way into their heads and hearts."
A daring theatrical novel from Lopez (Good People, 2016, etc.), set in a kitchen, with only three characters. Read full book review >
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With this book, Saunders asserts a complex and disturbing vision in which society and cosmos blur."
Short-story virtuoso Saunders' (Tenth of December, 2013, etc.) first novel is an exhilarating change of pace. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BETWEEN by Jenn Crowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2017

"An offbeat but overlong story of a romantic relationship."
In Crowell's (Etched on Me, 2014, etc.) novel, two long-distance friends admit their love for each other without fully considering the psychological consequences.Read full book review >
TINDERBOX by Rachel Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"An exciting tale that offers an entertaining mix of action and romance."
An American archaeologist in Africa uncovers a dangerous conspiracy while investigating the discovery of a lifetime in Grant's (Poison Evidence, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >