Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A satisfying, entertaining read from an admired writer who deserves to be a household name."
Jackson (The Opposite of Everyone, 2016, etc.) has written another spirited page-turner set in a new South still haunted by the ghosts of the old. Read full book review >
MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Meddling? Middling. A pleasing enough confection, but no great advance for either pop culture or the author's development."
Barcelona-based novelist Cantero (The Supernatural Enhancements, 2014) returns with a lightly spun yarn steeped in decades-old American pop media. Read full book review >

GORK, THE TEENAGE DRAGON by Gabe Hudson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The hyperkinetic teen-dragon comedy-romance you never knew you wanted."
A teenage boy dragon battles bullies, a mad scientist, and his own self-doubt in his quest to win over a girl dragon. Read full book review >
GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Khong's pithy observations and cynical humor round out a moving story that sparks empathy where you'd least expect it."
Former Lucky Peach executive editor Khong (All About Eggs: Everything We Know About the World's Most Important Food, 2017) whisks up a heartfelt family dramedy in a debut novel that ruminates on love, loss, and memory. Read full book review >
I HEAR YOUR VOICE by Young-Ha Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The story's transitions aren't always navigated as deftly as Kim intends. But his own empathetic gifts applied toward even the quirkiest and seediest of his characters evoke a vivid panorama of what life along the edges is like in Seoul."
A pair of alienated, hypersensitive South Korean boys seek solace, first from each other and then from the volatile subculture of their homeless, aimless peers. Read full book review >

AUTOPSY OF A FATHER by Pascale Kramer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A timely if sketchily drawn look at the rise of bigotry and the ways racial and ethnic tensions play out in one French community and family."
When Ania returns to Les Épinettes for her estranged father's funeral, she discovers that a political brouhaha has erupted in the latest novel by Swiss writer Kramer (The Child, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
LIVE FROM CAIRO by Ian Bassingthwaighte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The ironies of bureaucracy and wartime, à la Catch-22, meet the ironies of love and sacrifice, à la The Necklace, profoundly humanizing the global refugee crisis. Bassingthwaighte's virtuoso debut deserves the widest attention."
This brilliantly conceived and artfully detailed novel set in the Egyptian immigration bureaucracy is both a comedy and tragedy of errors. Read full book review >
CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS by Sally Rooney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A clever and current book about a complicated woman and her romantic relationships."
The story of the entangled affairs of a group of exceedingly smart and self-possessed creative types. Read full book review >
A LIFE OF ADVENTURE AND DELIGHT by Akhil Sharma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Filled with a strong sense of the odds against any kind of happiness, these stories have a psychological acuity that redeems their dark worldview."
Neither adventure nor delight await the characters of this ironically titled collection. Read full book review >
TEN DEAD COMEDIANS by Fred Van Lente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Van Lente, a comic-book writer publishing his first mystery, focuses more closely on the big picture than its components. Even so, his plot requires so many moving parts that readers may feel he should have included a Cast of Characters, like all those Agatha Christie paperbacks he's emulating."
In an homage to And Then There Were None, a group of comedians is picked off one by one as they try to out-personality one another. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTHOUSE by Alison Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2017

"Complex and thrilling, this meditation on the past is a gripping story of betrayal and its lingering effects."
An Englishman in the throes of an existential crisis travels to Germany in hopes of sorting out his life, but he finds himself inadvertently in the middle of a volatile marriage of two hotel owners. Read full book review >
CLIMATE WARS by Michael Penney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2017

"While this environmental tale delivers some forgettable characters, it creates a strong narrative with a lasting impression."
A novel focuses on eco-terrorism in the Pacific Northwest. 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 >