Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE EXCHANGE OF PRINCESSES by Chantal Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A meticulous and vivid chronicle."
Thomas' latest (Farewell, My Queen, 2003, etc.) illuminates an obscure corner of Western European royal history: the bartering of child brides and grooms.Read full book review >
THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN by Lidia Yuknavitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Patricia Highsmith by way of Kathy Acker in a highbrow thriller that says as much about its writer as its story."
A grieving mother becomes obsessed with a famous photograph of a child fleeing a war zone. Read full book review >

SPEAK by Louisa Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An extended complaint about how kids today pay too much attention to their electronic devices."
A novel with past and future settings and an artificial intelligence theme that isn't really science fiction. Read full book review >
THE INSECT FARM by Stuart Prebble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Prebble creates, and just as quickly deflates, suspenseful moments, and the plot twists are so clearly telegraphed that few readers will be surprised by the outcome."
Light on suspense and heavy on creepy-crawlies, this debut finds a man desperate to cover up his crime and protect his brother when he might be the one who needs protecting. Read full book review >
THE TELLING by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A delicate, atmospheric ghost story with satisfying layers of insight and substance."
In a decaying English country cottage, the past bleeds hauntingly into the present after a fragile young woman's arrival activates echoes of grief and loss. Read full book review >

THE INVADERS by Karolina Waclawiak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"This would-be dark comedy of manners will be too dark for some."
Twisted, depressed characters are up to no good in a tony East Coast beach town. Read full book review >
THE WAY THINGS WERE by Aatish Taseer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A timeless, masterful epic."
In this ambitious novel, Taseer chronicles 40 years of modern Indian history through the eyes of a father and son, both scholars of the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. Read full book review >
BULL MOUNTAIN by Brian Panowich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Panowich deftly delves into 'something deeper than bone' between fathers and sons, between the land and its people."
Hillbilly noir goes literary in Panowich's debut, which is part crime fiction and part family saga. Read full book review >
THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU by A.J. Rich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Despite its lack of believable characters and events, this slim, nasty thriller is hard to put down."
A student of forensic psychology finds her fiance mauled to death. Did her dogs do it? Read full book review >
GRACE by Calvin Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2015

"A muddled spiritual inventory that could have used a lighter touch."
An American man's existential journey is aided by various women in Baker's cerebral fourth novel (Dominion, 2006, etc.).Read full book review >
A HANGING AT CINDER BOTTOM by Glenn Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2015

"Like Portis' True Grit, an American fable told with literary nuance."
Taylor (The Marrowbone Marble Company, 2010, etc.) draws a morality tale from Appalachian coal country, "a place cinched by the hills…[that] watched over man's thin attempt at living."Read full book review >
The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2015

"A sad, soulful, and revelatory story about a deeply troubled nation in transition."
A haunting debut novel about two young women in Mumbai that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >