Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A poetic premise with language to match."
At the very top of the world, two lonely outsiders find comfort in each other in Dinerstein's deliciously melancholy debut. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF MONEY by Alan Pauls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A well-intentioned experiment that's hobbled by its longueurs."
A man recalls his past through the filter of money—often ill-gotten or badly spent—in this inventive if tangled tale. Read full book review >

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES by Laura Dave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A lovelorn winemaker's daughter seeks the right way to crush sour grapes into a winning blend."
Days before her wedding, Georgia's relationship breaks down. But when she tries to escape home to wine country, she discovers nearly as many fissures in her family. Read full book review >
ROYAL WEDDING by Meg Cabot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"This funny, heartwarming story is royally perfect from start to finish."
Princess Mia faces grown-up problems in this adult installment of Cabot's popular Princess Diaries series (Forever Princess, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
MUSE by Jonathan Galassi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"May be more fun for cognoscenti than for common readers, yet it offers a worthy psalm on the pre-Amazon, pre-digital days of publishing that anyone might appreciate. Galassi rates praise especially for choosing to have some knowing fun with his years in the business and sparing the world another memoir."
An insider's look at New York book publishing spins a fable of egos, literature, and commerce in which an editor's obsession with a poet leads to the revelation of a crucial secret. Read full book review >

THE DIVER'S CLOTHES LIE EMPTY by Vendela Vida
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A speedy and suspenseful fish-out-of-water tale with a slyly philosophical bent."
A stolen backpack in Casablanca prompts a host of more psychological losses for the heroine of this high-tension narrative. Read full book review >
THE NAKEDS by Lisa Glatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Funny, wise, and painfully honest."
The latest novel from the author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That (2004). Read full book review >
HAINTS STAY by Colin Winnette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"That title is a Southern colloquialism for 'lost soul,' and Winnette certainly sends his hard men down some long, dark roads."
Life is nasty, brutish, and short in this noir-tinged Western about a pair of coldblooded killers out on the trail. Read full book review >
THE LOVED ONES by Mary-Beth Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"No question about this author's gift for striking imagery and vivid scene-setting, but her characterizations could be deeper, and she might consider the possibility that atmosphere is not everything."
Hughes (Double Happiness, 2010, etc.) follows a family reeling from the loss of a child through two disordered years in New Jersey and London.Read full book review >
DINNER WITH BUDDHA by Roland Merullo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"With six unconventionally religious novels to date, this brave, meditative author has carved a unique niche in American literature."
Merullo (Vatican Waltz, 2013, etc.) offers a third installment in the spiritual adventures of Otto Ringling.Read full book review >
THE FOLD by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the author's popular novel 14 (2012) will want to pay particular attention, as these shared universes share other horrors as well."
A schoolteacher with unusual gifts is recruited by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects division to investigate a troubled project. Read full book review >
I'D WALK WITH MY FRIENDS IF I COULD FIND THEM by Jesse Goolsby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Like its major characters, a novel that is appropriately fragmented and without a center."
The suggestive title contains this novel in miniature: a community of soldiers confronts harrowing choices on the battlefield and eventually faces loss, fragmentation, and meaninglessness in civilian life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >