Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

A HISTORY OF LONELINESS by John Boyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"There might have been more art in a subtler take on this Irish horror, but Boyne has conveyed well the message most needed, that silence and denial are heinous crimes as well."
A priest in Ireland provides a lens on his brethren's sexual abuse of young boys. Read full book review >
GET IN TROUBLE by Kelly Link
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Exquisite, cruelly wise and the opposite of reassuring, these stories linger like dreams and will leave readers looking over their shoulders for their own ghosts."
In stories as haunting as anything the Grimm brothers could have come up with, Link (Magic for Beginners, 2005, etc.) gooses the mundane with meaning and enchantment borrowed from myth, urban legend and genre fiction.Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >