Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

A TOUCH OF STARDUST by Kate Alcott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Well-crafted commercial fiction displaying intelligence and nuance as Julie ponders Hollywood's dizzying fantasy/reality disconnect."
Sticking to her formula of situating imaginary characters in historical events (The Daring Ladies of Lowell, 2014, etc.), Alcott sends her feisty heroine to observe the filming of Gone With the Wind.Read full book review >
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A sad story about a sad girl slouching toward the end of the world."
In the last days of modern civilization, a young orphan from Boston makes her way across the dangerous wastelands of America. Read full book review >

It's Not About The Dog by Susan Taylor Chehak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"An acerbic, stirring collection from a master of the craft."
Chehak (What Happened To Paula: The Anatomy of a True Crime, 2014, etc.) returns to fiction with a collection of short stories. Read full book review >
THE UNFORTUNATE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTY by Amanda Filipacchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Contrived, to put it mildly, but an unsettling portrait of the way extreme physical beauty or ugliness distort people's impressions."
Another surreal, dark comedy from Filipacchi (Love Creeps, 2005, etc.).Read full book review >
PLAGUE LAND by S.D. Sykes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Sykes' debut, the first of a planned series, immerses the reader in the filth and ignorance of medieval Kent, presents a puzzling mystery and introduces a hero who grows in stature as his problems increase.
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In 1350s England, the bubonic plague has killed thousands and disrupted the feudal system.
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WHEN THE DOVES DISAPPEARED by Sofi Oksanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"Fascinating material that's marred by the lack of an angle or perspective."
The lives of three Estonians reflect their country's ordeal during and after World War II in the latest novel by this Finnish-Estonian author (Purge, 2010).Read full book review >
AMHERST by William Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Nicholson's (Motherland, 2013, etc.) parallel love stories hold classic appeal, while the historic aspects of the tale provide interest for those seeking 'the real story' of one of America's most revered poets."
Two love affairs, more than a century apart, are influenced by Emily Dickinson in novelist and screenwriter Nicholson's latest novel. Read full book review >
THE MARBLE ORCHARD by Alex Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A brilliant debut."
Short story writer Taylor's first novel is a hillbilly noir employing literary language to explore the dark corners of human frailty. Read full book review >
GUYS LIKE ME by Dominique Fabre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Fabre lacks the alchemy to make ordinary lives extraordinary."
A Parisian reflects on his life in this subdued mood piece from a prolific French author (The Waitress Was New, 2008).Read full book review >
CRAZY LOVE YOU by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Classic Unger and a surefire hit with her followers."
Unger takes her loyal readers back to The Hollows, a creepy town about 100 miles from New York City, in this tale of love gone awry. Read full book review >
MY DOCUMENTS by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Winningly arch and unusual takes on common household predicaments."
Eleven quirky tales from the Chilean novelist (Ways of Going Home, 2013, etc.), powered by people's fear of relationships and the strange ways we project our urge for connection onto others.Read full book review >
WHILE THE GODS WERE SLEEPING by Erwin Mortier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An initially ungainly but ultimately poised consideration of war's long impact on feeling and faith."
An elderly Belgian woman takes a bittersweet look back on her war-torn youth, deliberately (and queasily) blending carnage and romance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >