Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

AND THEN THERE WAS ME by Sadeqa Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A story of one woman's journey toward the life she deserves, with plenty of satisfying and surprising twists along the way."
A woman tries to keep herself together while struggling with an unfaithful husband and an eating disorder. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON LODGE by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A people lover's book. Characters grow and change; family and friends support each other. Predictable, but comfortably so, this refreshingly simple family tale provides a comfy diversion from the everyday world."
This sequel to Landvik's debut novel (Patty-Jane's House of Curl, 1996) reads easily as a stand-alone. A light read—not deep, but definitely wide—the story follows Ione Rolvaag's family (and friends) for two decades. Read full book review >

SONG OF THE LION by Anne Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The latest from Hillerman (Rock with Wings, 2015, etc.) continues worldbuilding in a tale that will reward long-term readers."
Tribal divisions cause tensions that result in a car bomb—or is the motive something closer to home? Read full book review >
THE GOOD BYLINE by Jill Orr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Though not every line rings true, Orr is #soclose with her debut mystery, with interspersed emails from Click.com's Personal Romance Concierge as the #cherryontop."
For a small-town girl in over her head, finding love is hard enough without having to find a murderer. Read full book review >
REMAINS OF LIFE by Wu He
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brilliant but immensely challenging work, of great interest to students of contemporary Asian fiction—and of the literature of atrocity and remembrance as well."
"A massacre involves a fundamental betrayal of life by life itself": searing experimental novel by the pseudonymous Taiwanese writer Wu He. Read full book review >

SPUTNIK'S CHILDREN by Terri Favro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A noodle-bending literary sci-fi novel that puts its hero in the box with Schrödinger's cat."
An underground comic creator reveals the unbelievably true origin story of her most famous creation, Sputnik Chick, the girl with no past. Read full book review >
A FEVER OF THE BLOOD by Oscar de Muriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"More fun than a plateful of haggis: a delightful read."
In 1889, Lord Joel Ardglass escapes from Edinburgh's lunatic asylum. He is known informally as Lord Bampot, which is Scottish slang for idiot. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT by Karen White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"An atmospheric and entertaining look at the friends who keep your secrets—and the friends who keep you guessing until it's too late."
Secrets, scandals, and SUVs follow a single mother in White's (The Guests on South Battery, 2017, etc.) latest Southern mystery. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S BREATH by G.M. Malliet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Though dedicated readers may miss local favorites (The Haunted Season, 2015, etc.), it's great to see the return of Malliet's wit in a high-seas whodunit that deftly skewers the Hollywood high life."
A former MI5 agent who's taken Holy Orders is recruited to investigate a murder on the high seas that's brought Hollywood to the English coast. Read full book review >
THE HORSE DANCER by Jojo Moyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fans of Moyes (Paris for One and Other Stories, 2016, etc.) know what to expect from her books—big emotions, quirky characters, and a few tears—and this one delivers on all counts."
A horse-loving girl and a cynical lawyer cross paths in this 2009 novel now being published in the U.S. Read full book review >
EXES by Max Winter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Winter is a writer with talent and wit to burn, though it's often undermined by this story's knotty structure."
A man processes his brother's death by annotating the memories of the quirky people who knew him. Read full book review >
SUCH SMALL HANDS by Andrés Barba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong."
A newcomer to an all-girls orphanage invents a violent game for the other children to play each night. 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 >