Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE SHARK CURTAIN by Chris Scofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"An ambitious, self-conscious muddle. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
In her debut novel, Scofield offers readers an insider's view of the unusual mind of Lily Asher.Read full book review >
FALSE TONGUES by Kate Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Callie has never been more appealing than in this sensitive exploration of love and loss."
A trip to her old college offers deacon Callie Anson (Deep Waters, 2009, etc.) both challenges and opportunities.Read full book review >

EMMA by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"In less capable hands, it could all seem clunky and crass. Instead, McCall Smith has written a delightfully droll, thoughtful novel that reflects on money's enduring role in relationships as well as on the nature of this meddlesome heroine's long-lived appeal."
In the latest installment of the Austen Project, McCall Smith (The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe, 2014, etc.) catapults snobbish matchmaker Emma Woodhouse into the 21st century.Read full book review >
PORTRAIT OF A MAN KNOWN AS IL CONDOTTIERE by Georges Perec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2015

"The translation is pleasingly idiomatic, the translator's introduction illuminating. Perec's yarn, though, will largely be of interest to students of postwar French literature and social history, who will find that it makes a nice if not especially memorable puzzle."
"Leonardo is dead, Antonello is dead, and I'm not feeling too well myself." Thus we read in French experimentalist Perec's long-forgotten, rejected debut, now rescued from the dustbin of literary history. Read full book review >
TIME AGES IN A HURRY by Antonio Tabucchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2015

"A quibble: The title might have been more idiomatically rendered Time Gets Old in a Hurry, getting at the paradoxes and wordplay that Tabucchi loved. A pleasure all the same for fans of modern European literature."
A pensive, beautifully written meditation on personhood and nationhood in the new age of European unity. Read full book review >

Freaks I've Met by Donald Jans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2015

"An engrossing but tongue-in-cheek drama that, even at its most dramatic, will leave readers smiling."
A Spokane college graduate searches for wealth and fame in LA but finds only a string of dead-end jobs and outlandish individuals in Jans' witty debut drama. Read full book review >
Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A charming story for those who enjoy a quick, action-packed, romantic fairy tale."
A quirky romantic novella about a reformed ex-con and the enterprising young woman who helps him rediscover his self-worth. Read full book review >
COMFORT AND AFFLICTION by M. F. Frosolono
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A thriller with an uncomplicated plot that's invigorated by a main character whose profound messages will spark rumination."
A reverend's sermons at a Methodist church in Georgia find supporters and a small but potentially dangerous resistance in Frosolono's (Thoroughly Biased Opinions, 2012, etc.) religious drama. Read full book review >
CINCO BECKNELL by Lee Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Maynard is a consummate storyteller, and the thriller elements run parallel to the tough life of the homeless on the streets of The City Different."
A fictional mélange that's part thriller and part social commentary, set against the beautiful scenic backdrop of the southwest—and it works. Read full book review >
MAGNETIC NORTH by Lee Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Maynard knows the outdoors and the thrill of an honest-to-goodness road trip, but he dilutes the story with repetitious angst. Too bad he didn't just get on with it."
A buddy quest on motorcycles in Maynard's (The Pale Light of Sunset, 2012, etc.) tough-as-nails voice.Read full book review >
AFTER ABEL AND OTHER STORIES by Michal Lemberger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Original and thought-provoking."
In this debut collection, nine stories shed light on Old Testament women famous, infamous and obscure. Read full book review >
THE POOR CHILDREN by April L. Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Vivid writing but harsh and uninviting tales."
Seven frighteningly unsentimental stories about childhood and youth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >