Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

LOVE'S ALCHEMY by Bryan Crockett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2015

"Crockett's first foray into historical fiction is a compelling and plausible thriller."
Meet John Donne: soldier, poet, lover, husband, spy. Read full book review >
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Bethany Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"This utterly enjoyable romance will have readers swooning, sobbing, and eagerly anticipating Chase's next book."
A woman is torn between her dependable boyfriend and a former fling in this sparkling debut from Chase. Read full book review >

THE DISTANT MARVELS by Chantel Acevedo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Perfect timing for a Scheherazade-style account of Cuban history."
One woman's story of brutality, courage, tragedy, and love gets a roomful of Cuban refugees through a hurricane. Read full book review >
THE JAZZ PALACE by Mary Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Atmospheric but amorphous, Morris' restless novel works hard to encompass a cultural moment."
A panoramic portrait of jazz-era Chicago, where, against a background of speak-easies, racial tension and gangsters, a Jewish boy with a talent for "the devil's music" observes and participates in the vibrancy of the day. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE O'BRIENS by Lisa Genova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"This journey to a place of mindfulness, while inevitably affecting, often reads like fictionalized campaign literature for a worthy cause."
Best-selling neuroscientist-turned-novelist Genova, author of several popular stories based on the experience of suffering debilitating diseases—notably Still Alice (2009), about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's—now tackles the impact of Huntington's disease on one blue-collar Boston family.Read full book review >

DISCOUNT by Casey Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A circus without a ringmaster."
The Superstore is the biggest retail operation in the world—so take that, Walmart. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S CAPRICE by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Echenoz gives us a slim series of elegant, tightly written tales, achieving a simple kind of magic."
Seven odd little vignettes that add up to a book of beauty. Read full book review >
BLOOD ON SNOW by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A Nordic noir updating of James M. Cain's Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942) with an equally sweet-natured killer at its improbably soft center."
Versatile Nesbø (The Son, 2014, etc.) switches gears yet again in this chilly whisper of a novella: a hit man's account of a job gone fatally wrong.Read full book review >
THE ROYAL WE by Heather Cocks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Pages of biting humor and breathtaking glamour rewrite a fairy tale into something more satisfying than a stack of tabloids."
Fashion bloggers Cocks and Morgan (Spoiled, 2011, etc.) debunk the princess fantasy in a fictional tell-all inspired by the courtship of Kate Middleton and Prince William.Read full book review >
WISHFUL THINKING by Kamy Wicoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"First-time novelist Wicoff has a comic touch with this amiable fantasy."
Wicoff's first novel is a quirky time-traveling adventure mixed with a treatise on the plight of the working mother. Read full book review >
THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both chilling and funny, and a worthy addition to the library of first-rate novels about the Vietnam War."
A closely written novel of after-the-war Vietnam, when all that was solid melted into air. Read full book review >
THE PERFUME GARDEN by Kate Lord Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"While the premise of Brown's book certainly has roots in an emotional past, this novel unfortunately fails to take flight."
The multigenerational story of a family unfolds amid the tumult of the Spanish Civil War and the emotional devastation wrought by 9/11 in this second novel from British author Brown (The Beauty Chorus, 2011).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >