Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE BLUE by Lucy Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Overall, it's quite a voyage."
Two women set sail on a yacht with a group of strangers hoping for a carefree, exotic adventure, but their journey takes an unsettling turn. Read full book review >
THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Lilting prose, beautifully meted out folklore and historical references, and Hoffman's deep conviction in her characters (especially those 'willing to do anything for love') make reading this 'contes du temps passé' a total pleasure."
A ghost wife, a stolen child, wandering eyes, hidden ledgers—and more—bind the 19th-century Jewish community on a paradisiacal island in the West Indies. Read full book review >

BARBARA THE SLUT by Lauren Holmes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A first-rate first collection from a young writer you'll want to hear more from."
This sharp, sensitive debut story collection introduces us to a parade of people (and one dog) grasping their ways through complex relationships with family, friends, lovers, strangers, and, of course, themselves. Read full book review >
WHIRLIGIG by Magnus Macintyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Slight, light entertainment."
An irresistible business opportunity lures solitary, unhealthy Gordon Claypole back to the Scottish landscape of his childhood holidays to be challenged by sexual attraction and the possibility of a new way of living. Read full book review >
ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"The author's family is from Spain's Basque region, which helps explain why an American writer would venture into this fraught history, and Urza does so convincingly, revealing the human faces behind the masks of terrorism and its collateral damage."
A terrorist bombing in Madrid stirs up memories in a Basque town of a politician kidnapped and killed, an act that linked the political and the personal, in this thoughtful, ambitious debut. Read full book review >

THE COOK, THE CROOK, AND THE REAL ESTATE TYCOON by Liu Zhenyun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Liu's fiction is a romp through modern Beijing that pits migrant workers from the provinces against billionaires and officials, making a wry statement about modern China and a thoroughly entertaining book."
Capitalism in contemporary China is the background to a nonstop hunt by migrant workers, a billionaire, and government officials—for a purse. Read full book review >
LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Literary art of the first order, intelligent and evocative in the way of the best of historical fiction."
Williams makes an entertainingly erudite debut with a prismatic reimagining of the doomed French attempt to circumnavigate the globe in the 1780s. Read full book review >
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This debut novel from Crucet (How to Leave Hialeah, 2009) heralds the birth of a talented novelist to watch."
Lizet Ramirez, the first in her Cuban immigrant family to attend college, must learn to navigate academia's culture of privilege alone as her family breaks apart. Read full book review >
BLACK CHALK by Christopher J. Yates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"You can't help but admire how Yates slowly unravels his players' safety nets—their minds—one roll of the dice at a time."
In Yates' debut, six college friends learn the hard way that games are never just games once they're made personal. Read full book review >
DAYS OF AWE by Lauren Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Read it for the magnetic voice and Fox's ever interesting perspective on work, love, friendship, and parenthood—because, really, what else is there?"
When a middle school teacher's best friend dies in a one-car accident, her world begins to fall apart. Read full book review >
THE DUST THAT FALLS FROM DREAMS by Louis de Bernières
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Readable and mildly engaging but lacking fresh insights into very familiar material."
Another historical novel from de Bernières (A Partisan's Daughter, 2008, etc.): the agreeable, albeit predictable saga of an English family transformed by World War I. Read full book review >
TWO ACROSS by Jeff Bartsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bartsch's delightful novel creates a lovely marriage between words and romance."
Two crossword puzzle lovers come together and fall apart in this smart, romantic debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >