Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE KREMLIN'S CANDIDATE by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Readers will finish the book, but their memories of Matthews' brilliant and fearless heroine will linger well past the final page."
The third and final installment of Matthews' (Palace of Treason, 2015, etc.) Red Sparrow series delivers a wallop on all fronts, from adrenaline-charged action to dark political intrigue to gripping emotional stakes. Read full book review >
ALL FOR NOTHING by Walter Kempowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Memorable and monumental: a book to read alongside rival and compatriot Günter Grass' Tin Drum as a portrait of decline and fall."
The late German author serves up a bleak tale of the final days of World War II as a down-on-its-luck family prepares for worse to come. Read full book review >

THE DRIEST SEASON by Meghan  Kenny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Kenny's thoughtful, finely crafted work is an eloquent reminder that the breadth of a world matters less than the depth of a character."
A father's death leaves a daughter seeking answers and a return to normal life in this impressive debut novel. Read full book review >
WHITE HOUSES by Amy Bloom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Bloom elevates this addition to the secret-lives-of-the-Roosevelts genre through elegant prose and by making Lorena Hickok a character engrossing enough to steal center stage from Eleanor Roosevelt."
From the prolific Bloom, whose novels and short stories have often explored the complexity of sexuality and gender (Lucky Us, 2014, etc.), a bio-fiction about the romance between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok told from Hickok's perspective. Read full book review >
THE CHÂTEAU by Paul Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Following up his acclaimed debut, The Yid (2016), Goldberg confirms his status as one of Jewish fiction's liveliest new voices, walking in the shoes of such deadpan provocateurs as Mordecai Richler and Stanley Elkin."
Adrift and broke after losing his job at the Washington Post, William Katzenelenbogen descends into Trump-ian madness while visiting his estranged father in South Florida. Read full book review >

SADNESS IS A WHITE BIRD by Moriel Rothman-Zecher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A passionate, poetic coming-of-age story set in a mine field, brilliantly capturing the intensity of feeling on both sides of the conflict."
A very young Israeli soldier whose best friends are Palestinian twins is driven to the breaking point by conflicting loyalties. Read full book review >
THIRTY-SEVEN by Peter Stenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A book that manages to break your heart, make you dizzy, and punch you in the gut all at once. You will be hard-pressed to find a novel as dark or intense in any bookstore."
The lone survivor of a cult tries to readjust to life as an average citizen, but when he meets a girl whose quest for honesty and happiness reminds him of his younger self, his future begins to look like his past. Read full book review >
BACK TALK by Danielle Lazarin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Sensitive, intricate, and quietly powerful, Lazarin's stories give voice to women learning to live on their own terms."
This exquisite debut short story collection speaks to the ways women and girls define themselves and delineate their paths. Read full book review >
THE FRIEND by Sigrid Nunez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Breathtaking both in pain and in beauty; a singular book."
Quietly brilliant and darkly funny, Nunez's (Sempre Susan, 2011, etc.) latest novel finds her on familiar turf with an aggressively unsentimental interrogation of grief, writing, and the human-canine bond. Read full book review >
ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES by Paul Howarth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"While this book has a historical point to make, it also works as a suspenseful mystery and a resonant bildungsroman."
Howarth's impressive debut is a Wild West saga transported to 19th-century Queensland, Australia. Two brothers come of age during a bloody wilderness manhunt against the background of a shameful era in Australia's racial history. Read full book review >
THE GONE WORLD by Tom Sweterlitsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"This darkly poetic and profoundly disturbing glimpse into the potential last days of humankind will surely haunt readers' dreams long after the book is finished."
Sweterlitsch's latest (Tomorrow and Tomorrow, 2014, etc.) is a mind-blowing fusion of science fiction, thriller, existential horror, and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
DAPHNE by Will Boast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Boast's story is rooted in myth. But it's his perceptive take on the risks of emotion that the reader will remember."
Psychology and myth twist into each other in this debut novel about vulnerability and fear. 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 >