Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN by Sarah McCoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Though the conclusion doesn't surprise, it satisfies."
Two women, living 150 years apart, struggle to define family and to find fulfillment in life when they realize they can't have children. Read full book review >
SAVING GRAPES by J.T Lundy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A memorable, unexpectedly heartwarming romp."
Lundy's (Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy, 2013) amusing tale of two hapless Illinoisans trying to raise quick cash in French wine country. Read full book review >

THE GREEN ROAD by Anne Enright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2015

"A subtle, mature reflection on the loop of life from a unique writer of deserved international stature."
When the four adult Madigan children come home for Christmas to visit their widowed mother for the last time before the family house is sold, a familiar landscape of tensions is renewed and reordered. Read full book review >
GREEN DEVIL by David Saperstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"One hell of a ride, even though the devils in these details are more comic book than cosmic."
An ancient, fallen archangel will ruin North America with nuclear toxins unless a multicultural force of holy men and heroes can smite the supernatural menace. Read full book review >
MINNOW by James E. McTeer II
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"An evocative novel that brings to life an intensely realized portrait of the South Carolina Lowcountry and sends its appealing young hero on a journey full of the strangeness of childhood and the difficult choices that come with growing up."
A young boy sets out on an almost mythical quest through a vividly imagined American South in this debut novel. Read full book review >

CASINO QADDAFI by Graham Tempest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"Like 007 with a CPA card—who knew accounting could be so wild?"
Taking place largely in Libya in 2011—just weeks after the assassination of Moammar Gadhafi—Tempest's (Casino Excelsior, 2012, etc.) third financial mystery/thriller featuring forensic accountant Oliver Steele revolves around his mission to locate an illegitimate son of the slain leader. Read full book review >
UP THE HILL TO HOME by Jennifer Bort Yacovissi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Despite a lack of editorial gumption, this student-run publishing house has turned out a good book."
A three-generation family chronicle by a first-time writer inspired by her grandmother's diary and published by a small press operated by college students might not entice the average reader, but it works out surprisingly well. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOOKANEER by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Pearl is a smooth writer whose adoption of the ambling pace, digressions, and melodrama of an earlier literary era may not suit today's instant gratifiers, but he offers many of the charms and unrushed distractions of a favorite old bookstore."
An entertaining adventure tale steeped in literary history tells of rival book pirates seeking their biggest prize, the last novel of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). Read full book review >
MADAM PRESIDENT by Nicole Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"The balance is off here, Wallace's comic gifts wasted. What felt frothy and fun in the first books turn leaden when a national tragedy is less important than who slept with or back-stabbed whom."
In this sequel to Eighteen Acres (2010) and It's Classified (2011), her political romps about America's fictional first woman president, political insider and The View co-host Wallace goes darker but not deeper, centering her story on the White House reaction to a major terrorist attack on American soil.Read full book review >
LAVINA by Mary Marcus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Thoughtful fiction that once again exposes the dark enigma of America's racist past and present."
An exploration of race relations in Louisiana from multiple perspectives, including those of a 12-year-old white girl and her family's African-American housekeeper. Read full book review >
YOUR NEXT BREATH by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Even die-hard Johansen fans will find disappointment between the covers of this white-hot mess of a book."
Gorgeous superspy Catherine Ling finds her world falling apart as a vicious killer she once sent to prison tries to wipe her past off the map. Read full book review >
NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE by Adam Nevill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"A macabre, otherworldly tale of a young woman 'swallowed whole and alive by the horror that refused to be sated.'"
British author Nevill (House of Small Shadows, 2014, etc.) out-Kings Stephen in this intense tale of séances, houses of ill repute and pervert convicts captured by The Other.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >