Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

KVACHI by Mikheil Javakhishvili
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A lost classic of Georgian writing, of considerable interest to students of the early Soviet era and Russian Civil War."
A sprawling picaresque novel from the Russian periphery. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES IN IMMEDIATE IRREALITY by Max Blecher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A stylistically brittle, psychologically intense story of a young man who knows that his time is almost up."
A new translation of a long-lost philosophical novel by the late Jewish Romanian writer Blecher (1909-1938). Read full book review >

THE BRUEGHEL MOON by Tamaz Chiladze
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Chiladze discloses great insight into the nature of personal relationships—and into the mind of a psychiatrist."
A short novel of great psychological insight from an accomplished contemporary writer from Georgia (the country, not the state). Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS by Allison Pataki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Still, Pataki deserves kudos for choosing her subject matter well—Sisi's life is ideal fictional fodder."
A love match alters the course of the Habsburg dynasty in Pataki's second novel (The Traitor's Wife, 2014).Read full book review >
THE INFERNAL by Mark Doten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Doten's dazzling novel shows off his intellect and facility with language."
Doten makes his fiction debut with a semihistorical novel—the kind of book people label "postmodern" because they don't know what else to call it. Read full book review >

FIERCOMBE MANOR by Kate Riordan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"For true gothic thrills and chills, look elsewhere."
A Gothic English manor in a remote valley provides the backdrop to this tale of two pregnant women living 40 years apart. Read full book review >
LAST DAYS OF THE CONDOR by James Grady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Grady's anti-heroic spy returns in fine form in an up-to-the-minute novel to which the author, a former Washington investigator, brings plenty of insider knowledge."
Having captured the spy culture of the paranoid Cold War era in his 1974 novel Six Days of the Condor (filmed as Three Days of the Condor with Robert Redford), Grady now depicts the convoluted, cutthroat state of intelligence in the post-9/11 world.Read full book review >
SATIN ISLAND by Tom McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"McCarthy's novel is thought-provoking and sometimes frustrating; adjusting to its unexpected rhythms takes time, but the effort to follow its surprising routes pays off."
A dizzying take on possible conspiracies, corporate philosophies and one man's idle thoughts. Read full book review >
WELCOME TO BRAGGSVILLE by T. Geronimo Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A rambunctious, irreverent yet still serious study of the long reach of American institutional racism."
Four college students' attempt to protest Southern folkways goes awry in a novel that blurs the line between academic satire and social realism. Read full book review >
THE HALF BROTHER by Holly LeCraw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"The last 50 pages become a rush of plot contrivances that undermine what until then has been a complicated, engrossing study of characters and relationships."
Incest, racial tension, statutory rape, alcoholism—LeCraw (The Swimming Pool, 2010) throws them all into the stew in this melodrama about family secrets and thwarted love among teachers at an elite New England prep school.Read full book review >
GREEN ON BLUE by Elliot Ackerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Ackerman writes in a deliberately flat style that emphasizes personalities rather than military action—and he does justice to the political and moral difficulties of contemporary Afghanistan."
Set in contemporary Afghanistan, Ackerman's tale unfolds through the eyes of Aziz Iqtbal, a young man whose brother is wounded in the bombing of a bazaar—and who vows to get revenge.
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THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Karlsson's deft jab at dead-end workplaces keeps you agreeably off-balance and eager for more of his work."
Could a banal office act as an incubator of madness? That's the question posed in this provocative fictional debut by a prominent Swedish actor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >