Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

SECESSIA by Kent Wascom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"More discipline and fewer pyrotechnics would have served this story well. For the moment, in the Rhett Butler-ish words of Angel, 'It doesn't make a damn.'"
Edgar Allan Poe meets Bruce Catton: a mishmash of historical novel, thriller, and psychological study set in Civil War-era Louisiana. Read full book review >
MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Entertaining and unpredictable; Reid makes a compelling argument for happiness in every life."
Reid's latest (After I Do, 2014, etc.) explores two parallel universes in which a young woman hopes to find her soul mate and change her life for the better. Read full book review >

AMONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by Julia Pierpont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A quietly wrenching family portrait."
Long-simmering tensions boil over in the Shanley household to devastating effect in debut novelist Pierpont's drama of domestic unravelling. Read full book review >
THE ANGER MERIDIAN by Kaylie Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A fast-paced story of a woman who only stops lying to others once she stops lying to herself."
Merryn Huntley flees the scene of a tragedy but must confront long-hidden truths. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO STOLE MY LIFE by Marian Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A salon owner-turned-invalid-turned author struggles to make sense of her life, and sometimes so do we."
The roller-coaster tale of a chatty Dublin woman rendered speechless, then renewed by the love of a good doctor—and a terrible literary agent. Read full book review >

PRETTY IS by Maggie Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A satisfying, unusual novel."
In Mitchell's debut, two lonely 12-year-old girls develop strong feelings for the man who abducted them. Read full book review >
LITTLE BEASTS by Matthew McGevna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A fine, if somewhat muted, debut."
McGevna's debut novel captures the familiar rhythms of summertime, following young people on the edge of violence. Read full book review >
THE EXCHANGE OF PRINCESSES by Chantal Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A meticulous and vivid chronicle."
Thomas' latest (Farewell, My Queen, 2003, etc.) illuminates an obscure corner of Western European royal history: the bartering of child brides and grooms.Read full book review >
THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN by Lidia Yuknavitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Patricia Highsmith by way of Kathy Acker in a highbrow thriller that says as much about its writer as its story."
A grieving mother becomes obsessed with a famous photograph of a child fleeing a war zone. Read full book review >
SPEAK by Louisa Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An extended complaint about how kids today pay too much attention to their electronic devices."
A novel with past and future settings and an artificial intelligence theme that isn't really science fiction. Read full book review >
THE INSECT FARM by Stuart Prebble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Prebble creates, and just as quickly deflates, suspenseful moments, and the plot twists are so clearly telegraphed that few readers will be surprised by the outcome."
Light on suspense and heavy on creepy-crawlies, this debut finds a man desperate to cover up his crime and protect his brother when he might be the one who needs protecting. Read full book review >
THE TELLING by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A delicate, atmospheric ghost story with satisfying layers of insight and substance."
In a decaying English country cottage, the past bleeds hauntingly into the present after a fragile young woman's arrival activates echoes of grief and loss. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >