Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

WHILE THE GODS WERE SLEEPING by Erwin Mortier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An initially ungainly but ultimately poised consideration of war's long impact on feeling and faith."
An elderly Belgian woman takes a bittersweet look back on her war-torn youth, deliberately (and queasily) blending carnage and romance. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE CASE OF RACHEL K by Rachel Kushner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A short, quirky and sometimes-compelling book from the author of The Flamethrowers (2013)."
Three offbeat tales that border on the surreal yet are curiously (and paradoxically) anchored in a version of historical reality. Read full book review >

THE SWIMMER by Joakim Zander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A compulsively readable page-turner with unexpected heart."
An international thriller with the pace and intensity of a Jason Bourne adventure, Zander's debut follows the intertwining stories of a young Swedish woman and a washed-up American spy. Read full book review >
LIES, FIRST PERSON by Gail Hareven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A rich and harrowing novel with plenty to say about religion and authorship."
An Israeli woman plots revenge against the relative who raped her sister—and wrote an imagined autobiography of Adolf Hitler besides—in a coruscating novel about faith and family. Read full book review >
THE WONDERS by Paddy O'Reilly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The impossible slides skillfully into the believable here; O'Reilly's delightful novel never shirks its responsibility to emotional truth as it tells a story about being known and being different."
In a novel that feels both sharply realistic and wildly, indelibly imaginative, O'Reilly (The Fine Color of Rust, 2012, etc.) offers a story about the stars of an impossible, glamorous freak show that sidesteps any expectations of sentimental quirk with wit and deep feeling.Read full book review >

ME AND MY DADDY LISTEN TO BOB MARLEY by Ann Pancake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A smartly styled, occasionally sluggish portrait of an undercovered landscape."
Rural West Virginia enters the 21st century but can't quite shake off its rough-hewn past in these 11 Southern gothic-tinged tales. Read full book review >
DEAD SPOTS by Rhiannon Frater
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A novel that offers enjoyable, if sluggish, entertainment for fans of re-imagined horror tropes."
A woman grieving for her ruined marriage and stillborn child finds herself transported to a terrifying place of nightmare and fantasy in this novel by prolific horror writer Frater (The Mesmerized, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
PARDON THE RAVENS by Alan Hruska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Hruska has settled into the legal-thriller milieu somewhere between the more erudite and complex Turow and the topical, quick-moving Grisham."
In Hruska's latest legal thriller (Wrong Man Running, 2011), set mainly in Manhattan in 1961, only one thing stands in the way of Alec Brno's chance of partnership at the big-time Wall Street law firm Kendall, Blake, Steele & Braddock.Read full book review >
BLACK DOG SUMMER by Miranda Sherry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A hauntingly beautiful tale from a writer to watch."
A bright summer morning in the South African bush darkens suddenly as the inhabitants of an animal sanctuary are brutally cut down by machete-wielding men in this debut from a Johannesburg-based novelist. Read full book review >
THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Aside from the exotic setting, Soli's idiosyncratic prose style is the main attraction here."
Escapees of all stripes wash up on a remote South Pacific atoll. Read full book review >
A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The texture of everyday experience transmuted into art."
Tyler's 20th novel (The Beginner's Goodbye, 2012, etc.) again centers on family life in Baltimore, still a fresh and compelling subject in the hands of this gifted veteran.Read full book review >
TEMPLE BOYS by Jamie Buxton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"One part nihilist political commentary, one part grimly modernist retelling, for readers willing to see Jesus in a distinctly unholy light. (Historical fiction. 15 & up)"
A sneaky beggar child enters the circle of Yeshua of Gilgal in the six days surrounding the crucifixion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >