Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

Eighty Days of Sunlight by Robert Yune
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Equal parts hilarity and heartbreak in an accomplished debut."
In Yune's moving and darkly comic debut novel, a young Korean-American man struggles to come to terms with his cultural identity and dysfunctional working-class family. Read full book review >
CASH LANDING by James Grippando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Andie's bridegroom, series regular Jack Swyteck, turns up in the last chapter to help slam the door on this zany, overlong caper. But it's hard to care which of these lowlifes ends up on top when they're all so despicable."
Thieves fall out over a fabulous jackpot that somehow isn't quite enough to go around. Read full book review >

VALLEY FEVER by Katherine Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"A profound novel about forces that can nurture or break the strongest connections."
Taylor (Rules for Saying Goodbye, 2007) evokes the rich textures and rhythms of California's Central Valley in this lush novel of inheritance, family, and betrayal.Read full book review >
I SAW A MAN by Owen Sheers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"But these are small faults in the face of such a large talent as Sheers, a resourceful writer with a sharp eye for both the big picture and the lovely detail, such as 'tiny women lost in monstrous SUVs, their painted nails clutching the steering wheels like the feet of caged birds.'"
Accidental deaths in war and at home engender terrible lies and guilt in this highly original, engrossing literary thriller. Read full book review >
THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION by Kamel Daoud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fiction with a strong moral edge, offering a Rashomon-like response to a classic novel."
The nameless Arab victim of Albert Camus' The Stranger receives a biography and a name in this thoughtful, controversial rejoinder from the other side of the colonial question.Read full book review >

PALACE OF TREASON by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Although Matthews' technique of using food as a running theme (complete with recipes) doesn't always work, this is another must-read for fans of the spy genre."
A sexy Russian spy trained in the fine art of seduction and recruited as an American double agent helps set up a double-cross that could pit Russia against Iran in this blockbuster by former CIA operative Matthews. Read full book review >
A PLACE FOR US by Harriet Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"While a story with this many characters could have felt disjointed, here they are interwoven tightly to create a single, absorbing tapestry."
A scattered family comes together for a mysterious announcement in Evans' (Not Without You, 2014) latest novel.Read full book review >
THE CAKE THERAPIST by Judith Fertig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Contrasting flavors struggle for dominance in Fertig's debut novel."
A pastry chef with an uncanny ability returns to her hometown to make sense of her future while delving into the past. Read full book review >
THE LAKE SEASON by Hannah McKinnon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Making use of a gorgeous setting and serious themes, this novel rises above a flock of fluffier beach reads."
McKinnon's debut adult novel explores the meaning of family and belonging through the eyes of Iris Standish, a middle-aged woman who returns to her childhood home while dealing with a life crisis. Read full book review >
HOTEL MOSCOW by Talia Carner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Still, the novel sheds much-needed light on this turbulent period in Russian history."
An American investment adviser, on a mission to counsel businesswomen in post-glasnost Russia, encounters corruption, organized crime, and extreme sexism. Read full book review >
A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS by Paul Tremblay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Tremblay expertly ratchets up the suspense until the tension is almost at its breaking point."
When a teenager exhibits early signs of schizophrenia, her parents turn not to traditional psychiatry but to a Catholic priest determined to drive out demons and a sleazy reality TV show eager to get the whole fiasco on tape. Read full book review >
THE SUN GODS by Jay Rubin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"There is plenty of insight and illumination into cultural difference between the two countries, but these never coalesce into a fully fleshed novel."
A debut novel, from the longtime translator of Haruki Murakami's work, about culture clash between Americans and Japanese in the World War II era. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >