Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A dark, romantic mystery full of twists and turns."
In the late 1800s, a woman investigates the mysterious circumstances behind her brother's death. Read full book review >
HAP AND HAZARD AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Diane DeSanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"While it rings true, the novel's childlike narration may be off-putting to some readers. Readers who can look past that will find a time capsule of American awakening."
A child yearning for answers to adult mysteries comes of age in this debut novel about post-World War II Texas. Read full book review >

GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Mesmerizing and impossible to put down, this novel demands full attention, full empathy, and full responsibility; in return it offers poignant insight into human fragility and resilience."
A defining moment of violence inextricably links the lives of three young adults in Yates' (Black Chalk, 2015) psychological thriller. Read full book review >
FIRE SERMON by Jamie Quatro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The people who connect with this debut novel are going to love it, and everyone else is going to roll their eyes and throw it across the room."
An intellectual writer wrestles with her infidelity, and her loss of interest in her husband, in the context of her Christianity. Read full book review >
THE MAZE AT WINDERMERE by Gregory Blake Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The changing language, landscape, and mores of three centuries of American history are depicted with verisimilitude, highlighting what doesn't change at all: the aspirations and crimes of the human heart."
Five parallel stories, from Colonial times to the present, set in Newport, Rhode Island. Read full book review >

THE GIRL IN THE TOWER by Katherine Arden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A compelling, fast-moving story that grounds fantasy elements in a fascinating period of Russian history."
An impetuous young woman disguises herself as a boy and rides a mysterious horse through a lush and forbidding version of medieval Russia in the second novel in a proposed trilogy. Read full book review >
THE JOB OF THE WASP by Colin Winnette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Winnette has conjured a profoundly unsettling story from the murky depths of his imagination; once it clicks, giggles, and slithers into your mind, it's nearly impossible to dislodge."
A psychological ghost story featuring foul deeds, grizzly deaths, and the horrific nature of the human mind. Read full book review >
NEON IN DAYLIGHT by Hermione Hoby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Energetic, if uneven."
A young British woman ditches both her boyfriend and her Ph.D. program for a temporary reprieve catsitting in New York City and finds herself enmeshed in the lives of a charismatic aging writer and his aggressively free-spirited daughter in Hoby's debut. Read full book review >
A GIRL IN EXILE by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"An author respected throughout Europe should reach a wider American readership with this subversive novel."
Kadare (Twilight of the Eastern Gods, 2015, etc.) subverts the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice into a parable of totalitarianism. Read full book review >
THE TRANSITION by Luke Kennard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A scathing romp about late capitalism's social ills."
A hapless writer avoids jail time by signing up for a suspicious life-skills scheme called The Transition. Read full book review >
LAST STOP IN BROOKLYN by Lawrence H. Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The heroine (Brooklyn on Fire, 2016, etc.) finally unmasks a clever killer, but there's little to celebrate in this fact-based study of the corrupting power of money."
A female detective must be mentally, physically, and morally tough to solve crimes involving corruption at the highest level. Read full book review >
THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Benjamin's (The Anatomy of Dreams, 2014) premise situates her novel in magical territory, but the spell doesn't quite work."
A psychic on the Lower East Side tells four children the dates they will die. Only time will tell if her predictions are accurate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >