Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE EMPIRE OF THE SENSES by Alexis Landau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Landau's talents suggest she might do well with a more directly historical novel, but she has produced some strong characters in this highly readable, oddly sanitized look at assimilation and its discontents."
This first novel follows one family through two wars, four romances and one death with enough thought and craft to remain several shelves above the potboiler section. Read full book review >
GROTESQUE by Emanuel Wears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Haunting look at bad science, bad parenting and the making of a damaged individual."
In this debut novel, Kent Tucker is sent to a state hospital in 1950s Appalachia to "cure" his homosexuality, leading to terrible compulsions and crimes as an adult. Read full book review >

OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS by Claire Fuller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fuller's compelling coming-of-age story, narrated from the perspective of Peggy's return to civilization, is delivered in translucent prose. Although attuned readers will likely have foreseen the final revelations, this is memorable first work from a talent to watch."
What do you do if you're 8 and your father tells you the rest of the world has been annihilated and home is now a hut in the middle of nowhere? That's the situation in a British novelist's intriguing debut. Read full book review >
FINN by Christopher Brookhouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2015

"A novel to be savored more than once, written with the same languorous, rumbling passion of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's film The Long Hot Summer."
Looking behind propriety's lace-curtain gentility into the hardwoods of sin, Brookhouse (Loving Ryan, 2010, etc.) offers pure Southern noir. Read full book review >
THE LISTENER by Rachel Basch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2015

"While Malcolm's trajectory feels complete, Noah's seems to be an afterthought in a novel that isn't really about him."
A young man struggling with his gender identity and a middle-aged psychologist connect with one another in Basch's (The Passion of Reverend Nash, 2003, etc.) complex and thoughtful new novel.Read full book review >

QUEEN OF FLOWERS AND PEARLS by Gabriella Ghermandi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2015

"This singular coming-of-age story defined by political upheaval and ancestral secrets introduces a sensitive, perceptive storyteller on the brink of womanhood."
Tales of the Ethiopian resistance during the Italian occupation haunt an extended family in this intricately woven debut novel by Ghermandi, who was born in Ethiopia and lives in Italy. Read full book review >
LOGOS by John Neeleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Especially for those interested in theological history, an extraordinary amalgam of fiction and fact."
A fictional account of the birth of Christianity. Read full book review >
I WILL LOVE YOU FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE by Michael Czyzniejewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Heartbreak delivered by a few dozen tiny paper cuts."
Love stinks in these 29 microfictions about cheating, divorce and all kinds of splitting up. Read full book review >
LACY EYE by Jessica Treadway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A worthwhile story marred by a terrible title."
Treadway checks in with this novel about family, emotional wounds and blind love. Read full book review >
THE HEROES' WELCOME by Louisa Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Having invested in Young's characters in the superb My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You (2011), we care even more about them the second time around. One looks forward to reading the final installment."
In the middle novel of Young's projected World War I trilogy, a disfigured British soldier and the officer he saved face arduous struggles, as do the women they left behind. Read full book review >
WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate."
A multilayered, morally ambiguous novel of family, blood and betrayal. Read full book review >
SOIL by Jamie Kornegay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"The main problem is the lack of any sympathetic characters; Jay is simply too far gone to rank as a tragic figure. But Kornegay's skillful writing keeps the story gripping and the atmosphere haunting."
In this Southern-gothic debut novel, a lost soul battles the elements and the elements win. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >