Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

TURTLEFACE AND BEYOND by Arthur Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A jazzy, anarchic collection."
In his second collection of short stories, Bradford (Dogwalker, 2001, etc.) delights with surprising tales of young men and women struggling to connect.Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Sara Blaedel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This first installment of a new trilogy for Louise and the Special Search Staff is perhaps the most tightly knit of Blaedel's grim procedurals."
Taking charge of Copenhagen's Special Search Agency, detective Louise Rick (Farewell to Freedom, 2012, etc.) catches the case of a young woman who's been found dead more than 30 years after her death certificate was issued.Read full book review >

THE FORGETTING by Nicole Maggi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Dark reality for sturdy readers. (Suspense. 14 & up)"
After receiving a heart transplant, 17-year-old Georgie finds that the rhythm of her heartbeat is not the only thing that is different. Read full book review >
OF THINGS GONE ASTRAY by Janina Matthewson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Refreshing and spare, like a bittersweet melody echoing in an empty hallway, Matthewson's debut novel will linger in the reader's memory."
In London, people suddenly, inexplicably begin to lose things both physical (the wall of a house, piano keys) and intangible (their way, their status). Read full book review >
ESPERANZA STREET by Niyati Keni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"In this luminous, revelatory study on the connection between person and place, Keni knits a delicate tale of an entangled and endangered community."
The clash between corrupt developers "lining each other's pockets" and the residents of the bustling seaport village of Puerto, in the Philippines, serves as the backdrop for a tender coming-of-age story in this contemplative debut novel. Read full book review >

THE KNIFE by Ross Ritchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A beautiful book about the soldiers who sit on the front lines of the U.S. military machine."
An account of the long stretches of boredom and short bursts of adrenaline that make up a Ranger team's deployment in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
OF IRISH BLOOD by Mary Pat Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"In a novel so awed by the great and near-great, ordinary human characters are outgunned."
An Irish-American from Chicago, fleeing an abusive relationship, moves to Paris on the eve of World War I. Read full book review >
FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Years later, Sophie is getting ready to star in a play that's intended to revive her career. 'The play is much better than I thought it was going to be,' she thinks. 'It's funny, and sad—like life.' And like this novel."
Art and life are intertwined in a novel about TV sitcoms set during the cultural sea change of the 1960s. Read full book review >
LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION by Judd Trichter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A fast-moving, suspenseful story set in a fascinating future world stuffed with all the violence, sex and sleaze a noir fan could ask for."
A dark and sometimes-gruesome sci-fi noir set in a slick, sick city on the brink of disaster. Read full book review >
THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE by E.C. Osondu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A wide-ranging portrait of an African community largely at odds with itself."
The patriarch of a large extended family rules over his kingdom in a family home on the edge of an African village. Read full book review >
THE SEX LIVES OF SIAMESE TWINS by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A sometimes pleasurably over-the-top, sometimes simplistic proof that physical and mental health aren't always intertwined."
A rage-fueled gym rat enters into an abusive, symbiotic relationship with an overweight artist in a brash, decidedly Welsh-ian study of body image and media. Read full book review >
THE HUNGER OF THE WOLF by Stephen Marche
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An entertaining, curious journey into the beating black hearts that occupy the penthouse suites and those who aspire to join them."
Marche scrutinizes the rapaciousness of contemporary media moguls by cleverly reimagining them as actual wolves. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >