Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES by Paul Howarth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"While this book has a historical point to make, it also works as a suspenseful mystery and a resonant bildungsroman."
Howarth's impressive debut is a Wild West saga transported to 19th-century Queensland, Australia. Two brothers come of age during a bloody wilderness manhunt against the background of a shameful era in Australia's racial history. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF IMPOSSIBLE BEAUTIES by Joseph Cassara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Fierce, tender, and heartbreaking."
A first-time novelist visits queer Harlem in the 1980s. Read full book review >

BACK TALK by Danielle Lazarin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Sensitive, intricate, and quietly powerful, Lazarin's stories give voice to women learning to live on their own terms."
This exquisite debut short story collection speaks to the ways women and girls define themselves and delineate their paths. Read full book review >
THE MAN UPON THE STAIR by Gary Inbinder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"The third of Inbinder's lush, leisurely period procedurals (The Devil in Montmartre, 2014, etc.) favors the journey over the destination, with back stories and period touches in nearly every chapter."
In fin de siècle Paris, international intrigue clouds the search for a missing nobleman. Read full book review >
THE FRIEND by Sigrid Nunez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Breathtaking both in pain and in beauty; a singular book."
Quietly brilliant and darkly funny, Nunez's (Sempre Susan, 2011, etc.) latest novel finds her on familiar turf with an aggressively unsentimental interrogation of grief, writing, and the human-canine bond. Read full book review >

HEAD WOUNDS by Dennis Palumbo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Palumbo, who specializes in thrills as ruthless and baroque as they are preposterous and one-dimensional, outdoes himself in making life so harrowing for his series hero that he's sure to need some extra time with his own therapist."
Pittsburgh psychologist Dr. Daniel Rinaldi's fifth case is all about him, and in all the worst ways. Read full book review >
SEVEN DEAD by J. Jefferson Farjeon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Readers won't be surprised to find the answers less compelling than the memorably baroque riddle of the opening tableau."
Farjeon's gift for striking hooks (Mystery in White, 2016, etc.) reaches a perverse pinnacle in this reprint from 1939 by the British Library of Crime Classics. Read full book review >
GOING OVERBOARD by L. A. Witt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2018

"A solid tale set in a sharply drawn military milieu."
Romance blooms between two male naval officers after one survives a terrifying accident at sea. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELER by Tom  Kubiak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A complex political thriller for adventurous readers—and well worth the effort."
Following the reunification of Germany, the KGB recruits an operative to retrieve stolen bearer bonds crucial to Russia's Canadian presence in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE TRUE BLUE REVOLUTION by Jerry  Willbur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A creative but overwrought work of cultural commentary."
A political satire that imagines an organization of highly organized psychopaths commandeering American politics. Read full book review >
THE BIRDWOMAN'S PALATE by Laksmi Pamuntjak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"The novel is overstuffed with food, which tends to water down what could be a strong story of a young woman fighting for her integrity despite setbacks in her social life and in the workplace. The strength of this novel is the heroine herself, the girl next door, a loyal friend, and a funny philosopher."
Unmarried at 35, chubby, and self-critical, Aruna Rai spends more time observing her life than living it. She pines after a man who is not interested in her, works at a job she is not passionate about, and soothes herself with the tastes of Indonesian cuisine. Read full book review >
THIS IS MEMORIAL DEVICE by David  Keenan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A noble addition to the pantheon of rock novels about those who play from their hearts."
The untrue story of the greatest post-punk band in rural Scotland circa 1984. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >