Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE BULGARIAN TRUCK by Dumitru Tsepeneag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2016

"An imaginative work of oneiric fiction by a master practitioner that may prove a bit too fantastic for many audiences."
A Romanian writer chronicles the writing of a novel about a truck driver. Read full book review >
I SAW HER THAT NIGHT by Drago Jancar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2016

"The economy with which Jancar creates memorable characters and moments while never letting the reader forget the war, the tumult of Yugoslavia, or the incursion of communism is astonishing, especially compared with the U.S. vogue for mammoth tomes of modest scope."
Five people in the Balkans recall their lives before and during World War II and the one unusual woman they all knew in this quietly impressive tale by a leading Slovenian writer. Read full book review >

The Sins of Soldiers by S. J. Hardman Lea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2016

"A war story that's less about conflict that it is about emotion."
Lea offers a gripping novel about the difficult choices that soldiers face during wartime. Read full book review >
THE SLEEP GARDEN by Jim Krusoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2016

"From one of our great deadpan absurdists—a new member of the club to which George Saunders, Robert Coover, and Stanley Elkin belong—comes a book of unearthly delights that will have you, too, wondering nervously what that incessant grinding sound is."
In Krusoe's latest surreal effort, a collection of oddballs living in (and never leaving) a strange underground apartment called the Burrow grapple with life's—and the afterlife's—mysteries. Read full book review >
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Reminiscent of the best of Jo Walton and Nina Kiriki Hoffman."
Will science or magic save our world and all the living beings on it? That's the question posed in this science fantasy love story by the editor-in-chief of online geek mecca io9.com (Choir Boy, 2005).Read full book review >

THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A fast-paced novel that's part Wild West, part Indiana Jones, and wholly entertaining, combining high emotional stakes with a deep, good-natured sense of humor."
A fantasy adventure about a race to discover, and control, magical artifacts of immense power. Read full book review >
THE POISON ARTIST by Jonathan  Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Absinthe, oysters, the painter John Singer Sargent, a classic car, and a string of disturbing deaths, possibly brought about by poison, make this dark tale memorable."
A mysterious woman, a breakup, and a man haunted by his bloody and dark past coalesce in Moore's moody thriller. Read full book review >
LOST WORDS by Nicola Gardini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A gentle, bittersweet, tragicomic rite-of-passage novel translated into lively English by Moore."
A boy comes of age in a chaotic building in chaotic early-1970s Milan. Read full book review >
THE EVENING SPIDER by Emily Arsenault
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A striking reminder that today's domesticity is not too far removed from that of the 19th century."
Arsenault (What Strange Creatures, 2014, etc.) immerses readers in the grisly past of a New England town as one modern-day woman is caught in the grip of her home's history.Read full book review >
MY AMERICAN DUCHESS by Eloisa James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A gratifyingly lush, vibrant, and emotional romance."
Merry, an American heiress in Regency England, meets her perfect match, the Duke of Trent; unfortunately, she has a reputation as a runaway fiancee, and she's betrothed to his twin brother. Read full book review >
WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT by Sebastian Faulks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An absorbing look at the intimate connection between love, war, and memory."
A novel that artfully mixes memory and desire as a World War II veteran accesses painful memories of a wartime romance. Read full book review >
THAT OTHER ME by Maha Gargash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Although the book has fascinating elements, it is ultimately a lackluster family drama with too narrow a focus."
Three members of an established Emirati family clash as modern desires collide with traditional expectations in the mid-1990s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >