Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE ROCHEFORTS by Christian Laborie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Marred only by stiff dialogue, Laborie's debut impresses with a sweeping saga full of historical detail and familial melodrama."
From the rise of industrialism through the bitter dregs of World War II, a ruthless patriarch strives to restore his family to social and economic eminence. Read full book review >
THE LOVE OBJECT by Edna O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"With an introduction by John Banville and a dedication to Philip Roth, this collection positions O'Brien among the literary heavyweights, where it confirms she belongs."
A career's selection of stories to savor. Read full book review >

THE WONDER GARDEN by Lauren Acampora
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A cleareyed lens into the strange, human wants of upper-class suburbia."
The odd interior lives of suburban Connecticut residents are unceremoniously unearthed in the interwoven stories of Acampora's debut. Read full book review >
THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF NINA FINDLAY by Andrea Gillies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"In this middle-aged love triangle, the points take a while to connect."
Through the lens of a failed marriage and a lost love, a flawed but appealing woman recovers her health while dissecting her complicated relationships. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN SISTERS by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Although the conceit of six sisters searching for their birth parents is certainly intriguing, one hopes the future books will achieve a better balance between past and present."
Launch of a projected series about six sisters who were adopted from all over the world by a mysterious Swiss tycoon. Read full book review >

THE SUNSHINE CRUST BAKING FACTORY by Stacy Wakefield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A book that Wakefield's characters would love but that might leave other readers locked out."
The lives of young, poor New Yorkers form the center of this novel by Wakefield (Not for Rent, 1994, etc.), no stranger to squatter chic. Read full book review >
PARIS, HE SAID by Christine Sneed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Sneed should be applauded for not diving headlong into salaciousness, which her subject matter could invite. But her touch is so light that the issues at stake feel inconsequential."
A mild meditation on art and relationships by the author of Little Known Facts (2013).Read full book review >
I TAKE YOU by Eliza Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"This book has the effect of three Bloody Marys at brunch: it'll leave you flushed, giddy, and prepared to embrace your wild side."
Lily Wilder is getting married in six days to a man who really lights her fire, but she still has one big decision to make: does she actually want to get married? Read full book review >
BURNING DOWN GEORGE ORWELL'S HOUSE by Andrew Ervin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A dramatic, thoughtful, and at times comic revisiting of (and attempt to escape from) Orwell's world."
Advertising, single-malt whisky, and a remote Scottish island feature prominently in this novel about a man paying homage to his love for Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.Read full book review >
ORIENT by Christopher Bollen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Skillfully written, with delightful malice aforethought."
Art, money, and ill intent collide in Interview magazine editor Bollen's (Lightning People, 2011) sophomore novel.Read full book review >
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM by Nathan Larson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A sharp and satisfying conclusion to one of the most unique hard-boiled arcs in recent memory."
In post-apocalyptic Manhattan, antihero Dewey Decimal comes to the end of the stacks. Read full book review >
THE DAYLIGHT MARRIAGE by Heidi Pitlor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A technically accomplished but largely downbeat tale of miserable people learning life lessons late."
A wife and mother goes missing, and a family is forced to reassess both the past and the future. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >