Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

LUCKY YOU by Erika Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A melancholy, elliptical tale of friendship and alienation in the South."
Three college friends experiment with an off-the-grid commune in rural Arkansas but struggle to find stability in the Project—or in one another. Read full book review >
THE IDIOT by Elif Batuman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Self-aware, cerebral, and delightful."
A sweetly caustic first novel from a writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and n+1. Read full book review >

BEFORE THE WAR by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Interjections of authorial opinion and wit entertain, the occasional appearance of real historical characters (such as Somerset Maugham) lends an air of reality, and the rotten mother is a literary car crash, impossible to go past without staring."
Adela Ripple, last seen in Weldon's Long Live the King (2013), manipulates her daughter and anyone else she can get her hands on in order to preserve her own wealth and status. Read full book review >
FOLLOW ME INTO THE DARK by Felicia C. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An original, spellbinding, and horrifying read."
A searing portrayal of a woman's complicated grief. Read full book review >
SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS by Kanishk Tharoor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Tharoor is clearly a monumental talent, and his debut is a pleasure, from the first page to the last."
Tharoor's debut story collection ranges widely across geography, between centuries, among circumstances. Read full book review >

THE DOORPOSTS OF YOUR HOUSE AND ON YOUR GATES by Jacob Bacharach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Bacharach's book is admirable in its aspirations but fails to deliver on most of them."
A satirical modern take on the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac. Read full book review >
ONE OF THE BOYS by Daniel Magariel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Belongs on the short shelf of great books about child abuse."
In an apartment complex in suburban Albuquerque, a middle schooler and his older brother watch their father circle the drain and come very close to taking them down with him. Read full book review >
JERZY by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Kosinki's is a sad tale; he was a gifted raconteur except on the page in his chosen language, a flaw all the more obvious when conveyed through Charyn's resourceful imagination and always-colorful, punchy, provocative prose."
The rise and fall of novelist Jerzy Kosinski (1933-1991) emerges in an offbeat way through real and imagined figures in his life. Read full book review >
THE WANDERERS by Meg Howrey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A lyrical and subtle space opera."
Three astronauts and their families must endure the effects of a pioneering deep-space mission. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW by Susan Perabo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The texture of family life as it unravels, then begins to regenerate, is conveyed with unflinching clarity and redemptive good humor."
Two eighth-graders witness an armed robbery in a sandwich shop. One is taken, the other left behind—making her a very lucky, very troubled girl. Read full book review >
DREAMLIVES OF DEBRIS by Lance Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2017

"Olsen finds a new spin on one of the oldest stories out there, illuminating some of the more horrific aspects and pressing questions of the modern world."
In Olsen's hypnotic, experimental retelling of the Minotaur legend, a familiar story is given a powerful contemporary touchstone. Read full book review >
FLICKERING KINGDOMS by Jeffrey Grinnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2017

"Alive, inspired verses from a poet with ample and accomplished range."
Grinnell's debut poetry collection ranges far and wide—history poems collide with the blues, elegy provokes eulogy, and narrative breaks into lyric. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >