Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

HARRIET WOLF'S SEVENTH BOOK OF WONDERS by Julianna Baggott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Moments of heartbreak balance moments of hilarity in Baggott's ambitious portrait of a family created from equal parts secrecy and love."
The life of Harriet Wolf, beloved (though reclusive) author of a series of fanciful novels, is clouded in mystery, and the rumored existence of the manuscript for a final volume provides grist for the mills of academics, fans, and family members alike. Read full book review >
I WAS A REVOLUTIONARY by Andrew Malan Milward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A few of the stories are strong and memorable, but elsewhere, Milward's narrative cleverness and structural experiments can get in the way of empathy for his characters."
The political and cultural history of Kansas is the backdrop for Milward's (The Agriculture Hall of Fame, 2012) ambitious set of short stories.Read full book review >

WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Less schematic and more down to earth than her first novel, Diffenbaugh's latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers."
Question: What kind of parent leaves her two children home alone while she takes off in pursuit of her own mother, who's heading back to Mexico? Read full book review >
DECEPTIONS by Linda Armstrong Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Shifting alliances, mercurial villains, and multiple retellings of ancient tales make the details hard to follow but rewarding to catch."
In the third book of the Cainsville series (Visions, 2014, etc.), Olivia Taylor-Jones is at the apex of a love triangle while magic forces tug at her from both sides. Read full book review >
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A testament to a writer whose explorations of society's rougher corners deserve wider attention."
A posthumous collection of stories, almost uniformly narrated by hard-living women, that makes a case for the author as a major talent. Read full book review >

DARKNESS THE COLOR OF SNOW by Thomas Cobb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Cobb has succeeded in portraying the dead-end dreariness of contemporary small-town American life, but that dreariness seems to have settled over the author as well as his characters."
A simple traffic stop is the first link in a chain of tragedy in Cobb's novel of small-town political maneuvering. Read full book review >
EILEEN by Ottessa Moshfegh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A shadowy and superbly told story of how inner turmoil morphs into outer chaos."
A woman recalls her mysterious escape from home in this taut, controlled noir about broken families and their proximity to violence. Read full book review >
INTO THE DANGEROUS WORLD by Julie Chibbaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A thought-provoking, beautiful exploration of the artistic process. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Aurora, raised in a rural commune, finds her notions of art challenged by her introduction to the New York City graffiti-art scene in the 1980s. Read full book review >
The First Man by Gavin Frankle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"A gritty, modern twist on the story of the first human being."
Frankle (Chorus, 2014) reworks the story of Adam and Eve in this novel.Read full book review >
DRYLAND by Sara Jaffe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"Moving sideways with its weight of secrets, this novel never strikes a false note."
A coming-of-age story about a young girl's growing awareness—of sexuality, loss, and family truths. Read full book review >
The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A run-of-the-mill story in a beautifully drawn fantasy world."
An orphan discovers her royal roots in the first book of Oomerbhoy's debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Will leave readers hungry for more from quick-witted, cool-headed Lucky."
In Richardson's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) thriller, the first in a planned series, an LA sheriff's detective moonlighting as a PI scours the murky city streets for a runaway teenage girl.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >