Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE UNRAVELING OF MERCY LOUIS by Keija Parssinen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Beautiful and awful, enraging and sad, atmospheric and page-turning: an accomplished novel."
A modern Southern gothic with a feminist edge and the tense pacing of a thriller. Read full book review >
THE LOST CHILD by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Gorgeously crafted and emotionally shattering."
Award-winning novelist, essayist and playwright Phillips (Color Me English, 2011, etc.) responds to Wuthering Heights.Read full book review >

LIFE OR DEATH by Michael Robotham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Terrific storytelling that won't win Robotham many friends in the Lone Star State."
Australian novelist Robotham travels to Texas for this prison-break tale with a twist. Read full book review >
THE DISCREET HERO by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Yet taken together, the two narratives don't make a strong whole, rather more a theme and variation that can seem sometimes dangerously close to what Rigoberto at one point calls his side of the story: a soap opera."
The Nobel laureate weaves together the tragicomic misfortunes of two families and several friends in this tale of crime, passion and avarice. Read full book review >
MAN AT THE HELM by Nina Stibbe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Charming and bittersweet, with a very English flavor, this social comedy is distinguished by Stibbe's light touch and bright eye."
Divorce leaves an unreliable mother and her three concerned children adrift in an unfriendly village in this first novel from Stibbe, whose memoir (Love, Nina, 2014) was an acclaimed comic debut.Read full book review >

THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by Teresa Toten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Readers be warned: Like Augustus Waters before him, Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measure. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What would it feel like to wake up normal? It's a question most people would never have cause to ask—and the one 14-year-old Adam Spencer Ross longs to have answered. Read full book review >
A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE by Amy Scheibe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A good coming-of-age story lies buried underneath a ridiculously overdetermined and didactic plot."
Scheibe (What Do You Do All Day?, 2006) chronicles a Minnesota girl's journey toward independence in a story set in 1958 with pointed contemporary parallels.Read full book review >
THE LAST WORD by Hanif Kureishi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Kureishi is smart about book culture and relationships in a novel that fails to satisfyingly merge both."
A man opts to live with the famous—and famously prickly—author he's writing a biography about. Whoops. Read full book review >
REYNARD THE FOX by James Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2015

"Those who are able to navigate early modern English would do better to read Caxton, but this new version has the virtue of making the Reynard stories easily accessible."
Timely translation of the medieval story cycle about a fox who constantly outwits the "not only dim-witted but also greedy, coarse and self-interested" folks in charge. Read full book review >
THE FLIPSIDE by Kimbeth Wehrli Judge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2015

"A dark, complex tale with very few winners."
Judge's (Mothers and Others: A Story Collection, 2014) new novel tells a story of addiction, betrayal, and death. Read full book review >
WILD WOOD by Posie Graeme-Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"More gripping entertainment from a seasoned professional."
Revisiting the interconnected-mysteries-separated-by-centuries setup that worked so well in The Island House (2012, etc.), Graeme-Evans sends an Australian adoptee searching for her birth mother to a castle on the England-Scotland border.Read full book review >
THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A brilliant work."
Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >