Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

SHADOW WAR by Sean McFate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A promising debut from an author who clearly knows the realities of the mercenary's trade."
A veteran paratrooper and military contractor's debut novel about an American mercenary on a covert operation in Ukraine. Read full book review >
A BAD END by Fernando Royuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A gonzo record of a large life."
A Spanish dwarf recounts his life and times even as they're coming to an end. Read full book review >

THE MOTHER by Yvette Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"But, ultimately, the lack of resolution leaves the reader with a lingering sense of the unfinished."
After the murder of 16-year-old Ryan Williams, his mother, Marcia, is consumed by grief as she struggles to find answers to his killing. Read full book review >
THE MOTHERS by Rod Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Happiness, though, is rare and fleeting in Jones' dark world."
Three generations of oppressed mothers. Read full book review >
THE DROWNED DETECTIVE by Neil Jordan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This is a novel in which the reader is apt to become as lost as the woman its hero is searching for."
A private detective's pursuit of a missing young woman leads him into an obsessive relationship and undermines the life he took for granted. Read full book review >

THE METAPHYSICAL UKULELE by Sean Carswell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Paradoxically both wacky and thoughtful—an odd mix."
In each of these 12 stories, Carswell imitates the style and/or preoccupations of another author, using real events from the writers' lives…and also inserts a ukulele—literal, metaphorical, or metaphysical. Read full book review >
AMP'D by Ken Pisani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Complete with painfully wry observations and delightfully caustic wit, this novel is a gritty exploration of what it's like to feel incomplete in the world. All five fingers up for this bitterly satisfying tale."
When 40-something high school teacher Aaron loses his left arm in a car accident, he has a chance to overcome adversity and become a better man. But he'd rather pop a few Vicodin and smoke a joint. Read full book review >
THE LONEY by Andrew Michael Hurley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Mysterious and bleak, atmospheric and creepy—but, ironically, the novel lacks soul."
Years after a disturbing incident changes his life, a man finally tells the story of what happened to him and his brother in Hurley's tension-filled debut. Read full book review >
THE NOISE OF TIME by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A moody, muted composition about art under the thumb of tyranny."
A fictional treatment of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his long history of humiliation and persecution under Soviet rule. Read full book review >
THE SEED COLLECTORS by Scarlett Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Thomas is a literary star in the United Kingdom. She should be in the United States, too."
A gnarly family drama from the acclaimed author of Our Tragic Universe (2010) and The End of Mr. Y (2006).Read full book review >
HAPPY PEOPLE READ AND DRINK COFFEE by Agnes Martin-Lugand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Martin-Lugand's sparse but emotionally forceful style, aided by Smith's translation from the original French, catches the sweeter moments between two people embittered by loss."
After losing her husband and child in a car accident, the owner of a Parisian literary cafe moves to the Irish coast and falls in love with her neighbor in this uplifting travel fantasy. Read full book review >
THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"An essential work of post-Iron Curtain literature and a harrowing portrait of life under suspicion."
Atmospheric, lyrical novel from Nobel Prize-winning writer Müller (Traveling on One Leg, 1998, etc.) of life in Romania during the closing days of the Ceausescu dictatorship.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >