Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE CAKE HOUSE by Latifah Salom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Evocative writing in a less-than evocative story."
Hamlet, transformed into a teenage girl in Southern California. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN MAN by Robin Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"An engagingly detailed look at good and ill in the 1700s that's cleverly entwined with several perplexing mysteries."

MEETING THE ENGLISH by Kate Clanchy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Fresh, funny and at times piercing, Clanchy's novel introduces a savvy, impressive new voice."
Tragedy and farce combine in a Scottish-born poet's notable debut novel, which follows an innocent abroad in London during one very hot, transformative summer. Read full book review >
THE MUSICAL BRAIN by César Aira
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Not everyone's cup of tea, certainly, but very few can write their way out of a corner better than Aira."
Twenty hallucinatory, open-ended short stories by Aira (Shantytown, 2013, etc.), an Argentinian master of improvisational writing.Read full book review >
DARK ROOMS by Lili Anolik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Wholly absorbing and emotionally rich, this novel dodges Law & Order: Special Victims Unit clichés to deliver something deeply satisfying."
A young woman becomes obsessed with finding the truth behind her sister's death in Anolik's thrilling debut. Read full book review >

THE LEGACY OF LOST THINGS by Aida Zilelian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A lyrical description of a family's search for their daughter and for their humanity."
Debut author Zilelian's story follows a family of Armenian immigrants struggling to adapt to the American way of life while also contending with traditional coming-of-age conflicts. Read full book review >
THE WEDNESDAY GROUP by Sylvia True
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A complex and captivating look at what it's like to be married to a sex addict."
The wives of sex addicts use group therapy sessions to bond and cope in this debut novel. Read full book review >
SUITCASE CITY by Sterling Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Sit back and enjoy Watson's latest. It's better than bourbon on the rocks."
A taut tale of crime and vengeance along Florida's Gulf Coast. Read full book review >
THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY by Rachel Joyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Reading Harold Fry first will allow this deeply emotional novel to resonate more fully."
Joyce (Perfect, 2014, etc.) offers an introspective follow-up to her 2012 breakout debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.Read full book review >
WHAT THE FLY SAW by Frankie Y. Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"The distracting alternate future seems like the kind of thing that might have been dreamed up by someone writing about 2020 in 1970, not 2015. The plot is confusingly unrelated to the setting and is standard procedural fare, though a hook at the end portends better developments in the future."
A pseudo-futuristic world features two detectives investigating the death of a man no one had reason to kill. Read full book review >
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Another daring, razor-sharp novel from a writer with talent to burn."
The provocative author of The White Boy Shuffle (1996) and Slumberland (2008) is back with his most penetratingly satirical novel yet.Read full book review >
SISTERS OF SHILOH by Kathy Hepinstall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"The Hepinstall sisters provide a fascinating glimpse into Civil War life from an unconventional perspective."
Set during the Civil War, this gender-bending novel focuses on two sisters who disguise themselves as men and join the Confederate States Army—and it's written by two sisters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >