Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

PARIS VAGABOND by Jean-Paul Clébert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Altogether, they add to the impression that this is less a novel than a book of reportage. But no matter how it's classified, it's a sobering, eyes-wide-open view of the Paris no guidebook would care to portray."
"This is not supposed to be a Baedeker or some tourist guide": Clébert offers a hellish itinerary of the less fortunate quarters of Paris. Read full book review >
THE HOUSEGUEST by Kim Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Brooks offers an imperfect but insightful depiction of the choices individuals make in unbearable times."
It's 1941, and the Jews of Europe are disappearing to the East or fleeing on ships that can find no safe harbor. This sophisticated first novel considers the response by Americans Jews to the ever more insistent evidence of racial conflagration across the Atlantic. Read full book review >

DEVOTION by Ros Barber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Barber's sensational premise delivers an unexpectedly piercing exploration of loss and different kinds of faith."
In a novel that examines the divide between skepticism and religion, Barber (The Marlowe Papers, 2012, etc.) uses the sweeping ideas of faith and science to delve into the story of a man struggling with the ever incomprehensible force of grief. Read full book review >
SUNSET CITY by Melissa Ginsburg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite some wistful passages about grief that showcase Ginsburg's background as a poet, Charlotte's story falls flat."
A young woman reconnects with her oldest but most troubled friend only to become swept up in the investigation of her brutal murder. Read full book review >
THE DINNER PARTY by Brenda Janowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite its rush to the end, this novel delivers poignant universal truths about familial love and conflict in a story that will have readers eagerly turning every delicious page. Thoroughly kosher."
This Passover, Sylvia Gold has only one thing on her mind: how can she impress her youngest daughter Becca's new beau and his family, an old-money banking dynasty that dates back to New York's gilded age? Read full book review >

THE BORDER OF PARADISE by Esmé Weijun Wang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Gothic in tone, epic in ambition, and creepy in spades."
A grievous unhappiness rakes across this novel about the slow self-destruction of the isolated Nowak family. Read full book review >
MON AMIE AMÉRICAINE by Michèle Halberstadt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"If at times the novel suffers from its slightness, its dark conclusion is astonishing in its honesty."
Two women in the film industry, one from New York and the other from Paris, share a close friendship ruptured by trauma. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF PROVIDENCE by Rachel M. Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"While there are moments that feel trite, they are almost balanced by moments of honest rage, hope, and vulnerability."
The consequences of poverty and a mother's addiction reverberate through her family and their community. Read full book review >
A FEW DAYS IN THE COUNTRY by Elizabeth Harrower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Artful short-form fiction best for Harrower's dedicated fans."
Short stories from the celebrated—and newly popular—author of In Certain Circles (2014) and The Catherine Wheel (2015).Read full book review >
FEVER AT DAWN by Péter Gárdos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A novel about star-crossed lovers fails, in the end, to come fully to life."
Two Holocaust survivors fall in love at a distance by writing letters to one another in this debut novel. Read full book review >
DAREDEVILS by Shawn Vestal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"This debut novel captures the flailings and flights of hapless dreamers with prose that throbs like the strings of an electric bass playing its sad heart out in a near-desolate landscape."
The 1970s, that most unjustly derided of decades, is evoked with intimate detail in this coming-of-age story set in an American West that is expansive with possibility yet constrained in imagination. Read full book review >
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"For noirish thrills in an unusual setting, McGuire has the goods and the gore, but this book—graphic in its violence, language, and sexual references—is not for the squeamish."
For a whaling ship out of Hull, England, bad luck and evil men turn an 1859 expedition into a nightmare. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >