Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE CHEROKEE ROSE by Tiya Miles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"An enchanting examination of bloodlines, legacy and the myriad branches of a diverse family tree."
A buried, early-19th-century diary, the fragrance of wild white roses and the rustling of river-cane reeds bring to life this refreshing debut novel by Miles, a winner of a MacArthur Fellowship (American Culture/Univ. of Michigan; The House on Diamond Hill, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >
ELLE by Emma Mars
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"An explicit, erotic, entrancing detective story for the seriously committed lover of erotica."
The erotic education of former escort Elle Lorand continues, plunging her into a world of sensual delights. But she soon finds herself on a quest not only to solve the mystery of her ex-fiance's birth, but also to save her partner from jail. Read full book review >

Godkiller, Vol. 1 by Matt Pizzolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Deftly unorthodox and wickedly delectable; not so much a story as an experience."
In Pizzolo's stellar graphic novel—the first three issues of his debut comic-book series—an orphan boy braves a desolate, post-apocalyptic land in search of a heart for his sister. Read full book review >
ALL INVOLVED by Ryan Gattis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Still, the reader will be forgiven for wondering what the point might be, other than that life is unfair, confusing and often ugly—and for that, we have the film Magnolia. Competent but not especially memorable."
A novel of Los Angeles tormented by racial tension and gang violence in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict. Read full book review >
ORHAN'S INHERITANCE by Aline Ohanesian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A novel that delves into the darkest corners of human history and emerges with a tenuous sense of hope."
In Ohanesian's debut novel, a Turkish man confronts secrets about his family and his country's history and is faced with an impossible choice: Should the past remain in the past, or should all stories, even the most painful, come to light? Read full book review >

LITTLE BASTARDS IN SPRINGTIME by Katja Rudolph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A first-rate novel about the horrors of nationalism, as moving as it is instructive in its historical import."
A boy survives the 1992 siege of Sarajevo and finds refuge, if not peace, in North America. Read full book review >
ADELINE by Norah Vincent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Readers in search of a crash course on the Bloomsbury circle and the machinations of Woolf's fevered mind will appreciate Vincent's attempts to illuminate both, but her dark portrait of Woolf's agonizing journey through a life marked by psychic pain will hold the most appeal for those already familiar with this sad story of genius and madness."
Virginia Woolf's haunted descent into the River Ouse in 1941 is re-created here in a tale of the author's tortured last years. Read full book review >
WHISKEY AND CHARLIE by Annabel Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A powerful, emotionally riven tale of a brother's deep, complicated love."
An accident leaves a man comatose and near death. Will his twin have a chance to make amends? Read full book review >
THE LADY FROM ZAGREB by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"For setting, character, plot—and the ability to navigate a moral swamp—le Carré has a rival in Kerr."
Kerr (Field Gray, 2011, etc.) does moral ambiguity better than most; his flawed yet empathetic hero, Bernie Gunther, is a captain in the Nazi SD—Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers, the SS's feared intelligence service.Read full book review >
A SLANT OF LIGHT by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"More fine work from a writer who stirs both the head and the heart with powerful grace."
Another keening, moving novel steeped in American history and the rhythms of country life from Lent (After You've Gone, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
ODYSSEUS ABROAD by Amit Chaudhuri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Like Joyce, Chaudhuri recognizes that the seemingly artless rhythms and repetitions of daily life can have, in thoughtful hands, the depth and breadth of true art."
A meandering, sometimes mesmerizing quasi-novel about two Indian men living separately in London in 1985 and taking one of their regular walks together while memories arise and intrude. Read full book review >
THE WATER MUSEUM by Luis Alberto Urrea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Urrea's command of language is matched only by his empathy for his characters."
Urrea, celebrated for his historical sagas (Queen of America, 2011) and nonfiction (The Devil's Highway, 2004), offers 13 stories that reflect both sides of his Mexican-American heritage while stretching the reader's understanding of human boundaries.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >