Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Fans will happily return to the warm, welcoming sanctuary of Macomber's Blossom Street, catching up with old friends from past Blossom Street books and meeting new ones being welcomed into the fold."
Spring is in the air on Blossom Street, and the baby-blanket window display at A Good Yarn might just change a few lives in bright, unexpected ways. Read full book review >
MY WISH LIST by Grégoire Delacourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A best-seller in its original language, this dastardly little novel focuses on love, desire and what we stand to lose when we win."
Money can't buy happiness for an introspective housewife who wins the lottery. Read full book review >

THE COMMANDANT OF LUBIZEC by Patrick Hicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Thought-provoking and gut-wrenchingly powerful."
A heart-rending novel about a Nazi death camp that didn't exist—but could have. Read full book review >
13:24 by M Dolon Hickmon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A strange and effective debut novel about the powerful dynamics of father-son relationships and the casual violence of amoral subcultures."
Hickmon's taut, gripping fiction debut journeys into a world of subversive rock-and-roll, dark perversions and deep emotional scars. Read full book review >
FALLING OUT OF TIME by David Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Rich, lyrical, philosophically dense—not an easy work to take in but one that repays every effort."
A genre-crossing, pensive, peripatetic novel by Israeli author Grossman (To the End of the Land, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Gorgeous prose for readers willing to be blindsided. (Magical realism. 16 & up)"
Lyrical magical realism paints four generations of women with tragic lives until a shocking violation fixes everything. Read full book review >
FOUR FRIENDS by Robyn Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A thought-provoking look at women of a certain age and the choices they make when they realize their lives aren't exactly what they expected—or thought they were."
In a Marin County neighborhood, four women help each other amid marital strife, personal crises and life-altering epiphanies. Read full book review >
BOMBAY STORIES by Saadat Hasan Manto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Presented in a realistic, almost reportorial style, these stories are both unremittingly bleak and exceptionally powerful."
Manto, who died in 1955, explores the seamy underside of Bombay in 14 stories of economic exploitation with little personal redemption. Read full book review >
EMPRESS OF THE NIGHT by Eva Stachniak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"An unremarkable account of a remarkable reign."
Catherine the Great suffers a debilitating stroke and reflects back on her life, loves and country in Stachniak's second in her series (The Winter Palace, 2012, etc.) about the Russian empress. Read full book review >
A FAIRY  TALE by Jonas T. Bengtsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Is this the father's story or the son's? Bengtsson's ambivalence proves fatal, yielding a broken-backed narrative."
Dad knows best. Or does he? A boy's unconventional upbringing skews his worldview in this Danish author's third novel (but first U.S. publication). Read full book review >
MIND OF WINTER by Laura Kasischke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A prolonged exercise in navel-gazing, with a powerful ending that may be redemptive in the eyes of readers who stick around."
Author and poet Kasischke (If a Stranger Approaches You, 2013, etc.) chronicles the ramblings of a woman snowed in with her adopted daughter on Christmas Day. Read full book review >
THE WICKED by Douglas Nicholas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Nicholas weaves the magic of wizards and sorceresses—buidseach and cailleach phiseogach—so naturally into the medieval milieu that Maeve's tale reads as entertaining historical fiction rather than a fey supernatural tale."
Nicholas' sequel to his historical saga, Something Red (2012), continues the haunting tale of exiled Irish queen Maeve and her cohorts in medieval north England. Read full book review >