Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE VIRGINITY OF FAMOUS MEN by Christine Sneed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Tenderly portrayed and sharply observed. A rich collection."
Sneed follows her recent novel (Paris, He Said, 2015, etc.) with a new, wide-ranging collection of short stories. Read full book review >
A TREE OR A PERSON OR A WALL by Matt Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Admirable efforts to strip familiarity and sentiment from stories of humanity at its worst, albeit with hit-or-miss execution."
A clutch of stories with a flavor of the experimental, the apocalyptic, and often both. Read full book review >

AFTER JAMES by Michael  Helm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A novel that seems to aspire to a consciously literary emulation of William Gibson but struggles with upsetting passivity."
Helm (Cities of Refuge, 2010, etc.) creates a claustrophobic atmosphere of surreal unease and technology-fueled horror. Read full book review >
GIRLFRIENDS, GHOSTS, AND OTHER STORIES  by Robert Walser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Whatever their ostensible subjects, most of these pieces are about looking closely and paying attention."
The title suggests a miscellany, which this collection of 88 short pieces certainly delivers. Read full book review >
STALKING GROUND by Margaret Mizushima
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Equally packed with mystery and plot development for the series characters, Mizushima's second is heavy in animal interest if not always specifically dog drama."
A K-9 cop and her canine partner track down the killer of a colleague's girlfriend in a case that hits close to home. Read full book review >

WAKE THE DEVIL by Robert Daniels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Synthetic but highly effective thrills for fans who wish Jeffery Deaver, whose strengths and weaknesses Daniels follows as faithfully as the footprints in a dance lesson, would turn them out faster."
Another serial killer, this time a professional assassin ready to murder anyone standing between him and his target, calls Atlanta profiler Jack Kale back to the FBI. Read full book review >
DEAD MEN'S BONES by James Oswald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Oswald's fourth (House of Silence, 2016, etc.) is a house of horrors that adds an above-par mystery to the usual supernatural touches."
A Scottish police officer is handed a case he's not supposed to solve. Read full book review >
BODY ON THE BAYOU by Ellen Byron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Often amusing characters and plenty of red herrings make Byron's second Cajun Country mystery an entertaining read."
Bridezilla and murder keep an unlucky maid of honor hopping. Read full book review >
NINE ISLAND by Jane Alison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Evocative, sad, at times funny, and never completely without hope, a story that studies what it means to be alone later in life."
This immersive, cerebral novel centers on J, a woman teetering on the balance between the concrete, sometimes grim responsibilities of her daily life and an equally urgent personal dilemma: should she "retire" from love and romance? Read full book review >
Beneath A Shooting Star by Susan Harrison Rashid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An absorbing tale of Muslim women taking their destinies into their own hands."
Two Pakistani women have their friendship challenged by sectarian division, violence, and sexism in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Whitehead continues the African-American artists' inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and razor-sharp ingenuity; he is now assuredly a writer of the first rank."
What if the metaphorical Underground Railroad had been an actual…underground railroad, complete with steam locomotive pulling a "dilapidated box car" along a subterranean nexus of steel tracks? Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Without hitting readers over the head (as she does with many of her characters), Saunders (The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix, 2015, etc.) launches a well-written series with all the hallmarks of a classic British cozy."
Poking into a family matter on behalf of the family in question throws a novice investigator into more of an investigation than she bargained for. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >