Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

AN EXCESS MALE by Maggie Shen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An intelligent, incisive commentary on how love survives—or doesn't—under the heel of the State."
In her provocative debut, King imagines a world in which China's One Child Policy has created a dystopian future of longing, inequality, and constant surveillance. Read full book review >
WE WERE STRANGERS ONCE by Betsy Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The journalistic flatness of the narrative and Carter's tendency toward easy sentimentality make for a disappointingly pedestrian take on what should be a dramatically charged subject given today's refugee crisis."
As the title implies, Carter's latest (The Puzzle King, 2009, etc.) explores the experiences of a group of Jewish refugees from Germany in 1930s New York City while also offering a nod to earlier Irish immigrants. Read full book review >

THE MANNEQUIN MAKERS by Craig Cliff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A grim and glorious meditation on the cruelty of fate."
Competition between rival window dressers forms the foundation for this sprawling tragedy. Read full book review >
A LOVING, FAITHFUL ANIMAL by Josephine Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A rich, kaleidoscopic depiction of inherited trauma in stunning prose."
Rowe's debut novel examines the splintering of a family in rural Australia. Read full book review >
SWALLOWING MERCURY by Wioletta Greg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Greg's masterful first novel is charming, seductive, and sinister by turns."
An autobiographical novel about a young girl growing up in a small Polish village. Read full book review >

MISADVENTURES OF A CITY GIRL by Meredith Wild
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A high-heat romance between a pert LA woman and rough mountain man."
Wild (Misadventures of a Good Wife, 2017, etc.) and Bliss (Dirty Secret, 2017, etc.) deliver an erotic romance novel featuring a stubborn city dweller and an ex-military hunk—both broken by life but ready for sexual redemption.Read full book review >
LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lively history of romance in the dens of iniquity, love despite vice."
Too old to dream of being adopted, Ernest Young is raffled off at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific World Exposition to Madame Flora, who runs a notorious brothel. His adventures have just begun. Read full book review >
KISS ME SOMEONE by Karen Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Dark and sexually violent, Shepard's work can disturb—but her sharp prose and insights into the human psyche make it worth the read."
Women bear the dark consequences of infidelity, lies, and other betrayals. Read full book review >
WE WERE WITCHES by Ariel Gore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Inventive and affecting."
Dispatches from the life of a teen mom and budding feminist from the author of The End of Eve (2014) and Bluebird (2010). Read full book review >
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Locke, having stockpiled an acclaimed array of crime novels (Pleasantville, 2015, etc.), deserves a career breakthrough for this deftly plotted whodunit whose writing pulses throughout with a raw, blues-inflected lyricism."
What appears at first to be a double hate crime in a tiny Texas town turns out to be much more complicated—and more painful—than it seems. Read full book review >
A COLUMN OF FIRE by Ken Follett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"It's all a bit overwrought for what is, after all, a boy-loves-girl, boy-swashbuckles-to-win-girl yarn, but it's competently done. Follett's fans will know what to expect—and they won't be disappointed."
A flying buttress of a book, continuing the hefty Kingsbridge saga historical novelist Follett began with Pillars of the Earth (1989) and World Without End (2007). Read full book review >
FOREST DARK by Nicole Krauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An ambitiously high-concept tale that mainly idles in a contemplative register."
Two American visitors to Israel undergo separate but similar metamorphoses in this cerebral novel by Krauss (Great House, 2010, etc.). 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 >