Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

BIRDY FLYNN by Helen Donohoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Reminiscent of older lesbian fiction, this novel will satisfy readers with a taste for queer angst—but they really need to want it. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Donohoe's title character is a modern addition to tragic white butches of the past in this bleak debut set in 1980s England. Read full book review >
RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An exquisite, thoughtful exploration of the ties that bind and the fluidity of relationships, sexuality, and life. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
In Murphy's (Dumplin', 2015, etc.) third novel, a teenage girl navigates the complexities of romance and identity. Read full book review >

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Honeyman's endearing debut is part comic novel, part emotional thriller, and part love story."
A very funny novel about the survivor of a childhood trauma. Read full book review >
THE FINAL VOW by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"Flower's third features less history, more romance, and a stronger mystery than its predecessors (The Final Tap, 2016, etc.)."
Only murder is worse than having to help plan your ex-husband's wedding—and it's not that much worse. Read full book review >
BAD TO THE BONE by Linda O. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"Veteran Johnston has her formula down, but her characters often come off as too Pollyannaish or persnickety to be believed—fixating on who orders alcohol with dinner or how to work a business meeting for a free meal—and so risk losing the affection of readers who hunger for more realistic motivation."
After a friend's romantic rival is killed, a dog-focused entrepreneur investigates. Read full book review >

UNCORKING A LIE by Nadine Nettmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"A good mystery with a limited group of suspects and unlimited wine lore."
A California wine expert uses her famed palate to uncover a fake and solve a murder. Read full book review >
A PERFECT MANHATTAN MURDER by Tracy Kiely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"It's impossible to resist Kiely's charming trio of husband, wife, and dog (Killer Cocktail, 2016, etc.). The manner is effervescent and amusing, and the mystery surprisingly good."
A modern-day Nick and Nora Charles take their skills in sleuthing and repartee to the New York theater district. Read full book review >
NEARLY NERO by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2017

"Fans who rejoice in Estleman's deep knowledge and obvious love of Stout's oeuvre and his infectious playfulness will demand more adventures of the man who perpetually asks himself 'WWND (What Would Nero Do?)'—if only the author can come up with more punning story titles ('Wolfe at the Door'?)."
The chronicler of shamus Amos Walker (Don't Look for Me, 2014, etc.) and film preservationist Valentino (Brazen, 2016, etc.) rounds up 10 stories, all but one of them reprints from 2008-16, about a seemingly clueless Nero Wolfe wannabe who always gets his man anyway. Read full book review >
THE DESPLAZADOS by Martin Zehr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2017

"A story of reawakening and self-acceptance, well worth the trip."
Overcome by the monotony of his lackluster life in Kansas City, Mo., Dr. Gregory Barth heads west in Zehr's debut novel. Read full book review >
THE END OF EDDY by Édouard Louis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"The best moments of this good though certainly dispiriting book are those in which we sense that better things await the protagonist in a world far beyond his window."
"We are always playing roles and there is a certain truth to masks": an absorbing but sobering roman à clef by philosopher/novelist Louis and a sharply pointed coming-of-age tale. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN ROAD by Richard Paul Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A thoughtful, well-plotted yarn that will evoke either pity or schadenfreude."
In a prologue, novelist Evans (The Mistletoe Secret, 2016, etc.) recounts meeting a (fictional) man in a restaurant on Route 66 in the Mojave Desert who has hiked the famous highway all the way from Chicago. Read full book review >
THAT WOMAN by Wayne Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Well-stocked with vibrant details about the merchant trade, this engaging Colonial tale delivers likable heroes, despicable villains, and a strong female protagonist."
A historical novel follows two indentured servants in 18th-century New York. 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 >