Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SLIPPING  by John Toomey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2017

"Toomey is aiming to do more than solve a mystery and achieves a psychologically intriguing, unnerving character study."
The Rashomon effect is at work in this anatomy of a small-town murder, with even the perpetrator offering more than one version of events. Read full book review >
TEN MILES ONE WAY by Patrick Downes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"An intricate, unusual love story for readers attuned to compassion. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
While Nest hangs onto life after driving into a tree, Q, her sometimes-boyfriend, makes a written record of one shared day so that people will know she was loved. Read full book review >

THE ARRANGEMENT by Sarah Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Dunn's dryly humorous story about a marriage that goes dangerously off-road never loses its groove."
This novel about a couple that agrees to have an open marriage, for a limited time only and while adhering to certain rules, is a polished, amusing, and highly entertaining take on modern relationships, parenthood, and suburbia. Read full book review >
THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A literary achievement: a complex, character-driven story that's powerful in concept and execution."
Two brothers set out on Georgia's mystical Altamaha River, "a long, dark muscle in the earth," to float down to the seacoast, intent on scattering the ashes of their father, "a man of the river….A keeper of it." Read full book review >
WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Chock-full of emotional insight and comic verve, Unferth's beguiling stories are not to be missed."
A stunning debut collection from Unferth (Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, 2011, etc.), in which a maverick cast of lonely characters wades through life's uncertainties. Read full book review >

THE DAHLIA FIELD by Henry Alley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2017

"A fine collection that explores and celebrates the ebb and flow of gay life."
Gay men struggle to find love in straitened circumstances in this volume of short stories. Read full book review >
THE IDIOT by Elif Batuman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Self-aware, cerebral, and delightful."
A sweetly caustic first novel from a writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and n+1. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW by Susan Perabo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The texture of family life as it unravels, then begins to regenerate, is conveyed with unflinching clarity and redemptive good humor."
Two eighth-graders witness an armed robbery in a sandwich shop. One is taken, the other left behind—making her a very lucky, very troubled girl. Read full book review >
ONE OF THE BOYS by Daniel Magariel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Belongs on the short shelf of great books about child abuse."
In an apartment complex in suburban Albuquerque, a middle schooler and his older brother watch their father circle the drain and come very close to taking them down with him. Read full book review >
THE REMNANT by Charlie Fletcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A thoroughly enjoyable conclusion, the trilogy satisfyingly complete yet perfectly set up for future extensions."
Final installment (The Paradox, 2015, etc.) of Fletcher's rich and splendid Victorian gothic fantasy trilogy, and once again independently intelligible. Read full book review >
SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS by Kanishk Tharoor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Tharoor is clearly a monumental talent, and his debut is a pleasure, from the first page to the last."
Tharoor's debut story collection ranges widely across geography, between centuries, among circumstances. Read full book review >
FOLLOW ME INTO THE DARK by Felicia C. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An original, spellbinding, and horrifying read."
A searing portrayal of a woman's complicated grief. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >