Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

WEDDING BELL BLUES by Ruth Moose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Plenty of quirky characters and Southern charm don't quite make up for a scattered plot and a weak mystery."
Murder and mayhem visit a little North Carolina town. Read full book review >
TOKYO GIRL by Brian Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Even if the hero's Tokyo fling ends on a decidedly downbeat note, this little prose poem is as pellucid and finely wrought as a haiku."
Piano technician Frank Ryan, having fled his hometown in British Columbia after things got too hot there (Beethoven's Tenth, 2015), finds Tokyo just as dangerous in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake. Read full book review >

SURRENDER, NEW YORK by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Carr's many fans will find this well worth the wait."
Carr (The Legend of Broken, 2012, etc.) returns with a curious whodunit that weds leisurely 19th-century storytelling with 21st-century unpleasantness. Read full book review >
SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Although this isn't the best of Keller's deeply nuanced, beautifully written examinations of life and death in hardscrabble coal country (Last Ragged Breath, 2015, etc.), its exploration of the ravages of Alzheimer's is deeply moving."
A deadly accident in 1938 West Virginia is the impetus for several modern murders. Read full book review >
WISHFUL SEEING by Janet Kellough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"An appealing look at life in mid-1800s Canada, full of historical detail, engaging characters, and a murder investigation that takes many surprising twists and turns before it can be solved."
In 1851, a Canadian minister with a penchant for solving mysteries is suddenly involved in one that will change his life. Read full book review >

REPO MADNESS by W. Bruce Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Great atmosphere, a believable premise, and a nuanced, empathetic Everyman hero."
Cameron (The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, 2014, etc.) tags along with ex-football star, ex-con, full-time repo man Ruddy McCann, who learns the death which sent him to the slammer wasn't his fault. Read full book review >
THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"This is Gross' best work yet, with his heart and soul imprinted on every page."
The author of One Mile Under (2015) changes genres with a heart-pounding thriller set in the bowels of Auschwitz. Read full book review >
I'M STILL HERE (JE SUIS LÀ) by Clélie Avit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A sometimes-uncomfortable 'Sleeping Beauty.'"
Too furious to visit his hospitalized brother, who killed two teenagers while driving drunk, Thibault slips into a different room, setting in motion a cascade of events that will test his ability to love. Read full book review >
THE DOLLHOUSE by Fiona Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Despite moments of liveliness, this period piece fails to ignite much warmth, let alone a spark."
A debut novel about the renowned Barbizon Hotel and the generations of women who might have lived there. Read full book review >
THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"It's difficult to drum up sympathy for this missing child, swaddled as she is in such a dull and harmless plot."
A questionable decision leaves a couple in a situation no parent wants to face: it's the middle of the night and their baby is gone. Read full book review >
BREATH OF EARTH by Beth Cato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A steampunk-flavored adventure with amiable characters and a fantastical version of San Francisco that has imaginative promise but fails to engage with the Asian cultures it appears to take inspiration from."
In a novel that imagines a very alternate history, Cato (The Clockwork Crown, 2015, etc.) channels her flair for steampunk fantasy into the story of a plucky heroine living in San Francisco in 1906. Read full book review >
THE OUTSIDE LANDS by Hannah Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A haunting portrait of an era that only gets better as it goes along."
Set amid the social upheaval of the 1960s, Kohler's sensitive debut follows a pair of San Francisco siblings struggling to make sense of the roles that have been set out for them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >