Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

BARDO OR NOT BARDO by Antoine Volodine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Funny, humane, and sympathetic to the silly creatures we humans are. The Dalai Lama himself would probably approve."
Ever goofy, ever surreal French novelist Volodine (Post-Exoticism in Ten Lessons, Lesson Eleven, 2015, etc.) rewrites the rules of Tibetan Buddhism, using characters that might have been drafted from the second string of Waiting for Godot.Read full book review >
THE BED MOVED by Rebecca Schiff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Schiff's startlingly honest, deliciously wry stories herald the arrival of a beguiling new talent."
A talented young writer explores sex, death, and family relationships in this spare, enticing story collection. Read full book review >

UNDONE by John Colapinto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A well-machined page-turner that brings some smarts to a touchy subject."
A bestselling author is caught in a web of psychological manipulation, sexual taboo, and financial ruin. Read full book review >
MOVIE STARS by Jack Pendarvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"There are ghosts, too. At least, they seem like ghosts. Maybe they're just wacky neighbors."
This collection of droll, wicked, and sometimes painfully funny stories, pastiches, and comic interludes could more appropriately have been titled something like "Stellar Screw-Ups On Parade." Read full book review >
AN HONORABLE MAN by Paul Vidich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Dead-on Cold War fiction. Noir to the bone."
A moody debut spy novel inspired by real events. Read full book review >

MOUNT PLEASANT by Patrice Nganang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"An elegantly drawn and engaging world of a sort unknown to most readers—but one they'll be glad to have visited."
Cameroonian writer Nganang delivers a modern epic, tinged with liberal doses of magical realism, of life in his country's colonial era. Read full book review >
PARIS VAGABOND by Jean-Paul Clébert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Altogether, they add to the impression that this is less a novel than a book of reportage. But no matter how it's classified, it's a sobering, eyes-wide-open view of the Paris no guidebook would care to portray."
"This is not supposed to be a Baedeker or some tourist guide": Clébert offers a hellish itinerary of the less fortunate quarters of Paris. Read full book review >
THE HOUSEGUEST by Kim Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Brooks offers an imperfect but insightful depiction of the choices individuals make in unbearable times."
It's 1941, and the Jews of Europe are disappearing to the East or fleeing on ships that can find no safe harbor. This sophisticated first novel considers the response by Americans Jews to the ever more insistent evidence of racial conflagration across the Atlantic. Read full book review >
DEVOTION by Ros Barber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Barber's sensational premise delivers an unexpectedly piercing exploration of loss and different kinds of faith."
In a novel that examines the divide between skepticism and religion, Barber (The Marlowe Papers, 2012, etc.) uses the sweeping ideas of faith and science to delve into the story of a man struggling with the ever incomprehensible force of grief. Read full book review >
SUNSET CITY by Melissa Ginsburg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite some wistful passages about grief that showcase Ginsburg's background as a poet, Charlotte's story falls flat."
A young woman reconnects with her oldest but most troubled friend only to become swept up in the investigation of her brutal murder. Read full book review >
THE DINNER PARTY by Brenda Janowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite its rush to the end, this novel delivers poignant universal truths about familial love and conflict in a story that will have readers eagerly turning every delicious page. Thoroughly kosher."
This Passover, Sylvia Gold has only one thing on her mind: how can she impress her youngest daughter Becca's new beau and his family, an old-money banking dynasty that dates back to New York's gilded age? Read full book review >
THE BORDER OF PARADISE by Esmé Weijun Wang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Gothic in tone, epic in ambition, and creepy in spades."
A grievous unhappiness rakes across this novel about the slow self-destruction of the isolated Nowak family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >