Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE GRAND TOUR by Adam O'Fallon Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Fans of literary writers will find much to appreciate here, while more casual readers are likely to view our man's unraveling like a car crash, watching from between their fingers."
A novelist on the ropes gets one last shot at redemption—and predictably screws it up, right on cue. Read full book review >
I WILL SEND RAIN by Rae Meadows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"There's a relentless quality to the novel, and it can almost seem too grim, especially at the end. But there are saving graces in the form of powerful writing and memorable characters who are hard to shake off even after you've read the last page."
Set in Dust Bowl Oklahoma in the early 1930s, this is the harrowing story of a farm family struggling to survive a seemingly endless drought and the privations it brings. Read full book review >

ALL TRUE NOT A LIE IN IT by Alix Hawley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The novel sets out to take Daniel Boone from myth to man—but in the process, it transplants him into another sort of literary myth."
A thoroughly researched historical novel reimagines the life of 18th-century frontiersman Daniel Boone, transforming him into a brooding observer of the fall of a country he'd like to consider Paradise. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An auspicious, gut-wrenching, wonderful debut."
Ivan Isaenko was born 18 months after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded near Pripyat, Ukraine, in 1986, and like many newborns from that region, he came into the world with numerous health problems and physical abnormalities. Read full book review >
SHINING SEA by Anne Korkeakivi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Endearing characters carry a sinuous story of family bonds."
A panoramic novel tracing generations of the Gannon family illuminates the aftershocks of war in the 20th century. Read full book review >

THE GLORIOUS HERESIES by Lisa McInerney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"This is a colorful, ambitious first outing that recalls Dylan Thomas' comment on Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds: 'Just the book to give your sister, if she is a dirty, boozey girl.'"
Drink, drugs, and religion are the familiar demons hounding young and old in Cork City, Ireland, where an accidental murder darkens several lives in this vibrant debut. Read full book review >
BRIGHT MAGIC by Alfred Döblin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The humor is dark. So is the general outlook. Still, Döblin's stories are uplifting in their elegance and beauty."
Essential anthology of short works by the master of German literary expressionism. Read full book review >
VOW OF CELIBACY by Erin Judge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A smart, funny, and fast-paced book about sex, love, body image, and friendship."
An unlucky-in-love woman takes a vow of celibacy as she reflects on her sexual adventures and mistakes in this debut novel. Read full book review >
KILLFILE by Christopher Farnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Farnsworth, author of the fantastical Nathaniel Cade series (Red, White, and Blood, 2012, etc.), stands to expand his following with this clever, offbeat thriller."
Hired by billionaire Everett Sloan to determine whether a whiz kid who used to work for his data-mining outfit stole company secrets to start his own operation, mind-reading investigator John Smith finds himself targeted by a conspiratorial group with secret CIA connections. Read full book review >
HOW TO PARTY WITH AN INFANT by Kaui Hart Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"From the plucky heroine whose life is not very hard to the easy potshots at stereotypical monster-moms, this novel is so contrived it's hard to believe it comes from the same author as the emotionally wrenchingThe Descendents (2007)."
From Hemmings (Juniors, 2015, etc.), a potato-chip-thin comedy about a single mother in San Francisco hoping to win a cookbook competition. Read full book review >
IN THE NOT QUITE DARK by Dana Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Eleven poignant stories that look to the past to portray the present."
An insightful collection of stories that paint diverse portraits of present-day Los Angeles. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An apocalyptic soap opera set in vividly imagined environments."
Two scientists in remote locations must navigate the sudden loss of human life on Earth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >