Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

VOICES IN THE NIGHT by Steven Millhauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2015

"A superb testament to America's quirkiest short story writer, still on his game."
A master storyteller continues to navigate the blurry space between magic and reality in 16 comic, frightening, consistently off-kilter tales. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO READ TOO MUCH by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"An ambitious effort produces an expertly crafted epic."
A mid-19th-century Persian poetess clashes against old-world gender expectations, religious orthodoxy, and politics in this exquisite tale, based on the actual life of poet and theologian Tahirih Qurratu'l-Ayn. Read full book review >

THE GREAT WAR by Jim Kay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Extraordinary. (Short stories. 8 & up)"
A group of celebrated writers, including Michael Morpurgo, A.L. Kennedy, David Almond and John Boyne, reflects on simple artifacts from World War I to create a collection of short stories. Read full book review >
WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >
THE DIG by Cynan Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A persistently dour story that's energized by the author's command of character and mood."
A badger baiter and a farmer have an existential pas de deux in rural Wales in this slim, piercing novella, the author's first to be published in the United States. Read full book review >

THE FAIR FIGHT by Anna Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Great characters and wild turns of events make this book a knockout."
A lady boxer, a poxy lady and a louche pretty boy tangle in 18th-century England. Read full book review >
THE GIVEN WORLD by Marian Palaia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"An immensely rewarding read and a remarkable debut."
One woman's war. Read full book review >
THE DISTANT MARVELS by Chantel Acevedo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Perfect timing for a Scheherazade-style account of Cuban history."
One woman's story of brutality, courage, tragedy, and love gets a roomful of Cuban refugees through a hurricane. Read full book review >
THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both chilling and funny, and a worthy addition to the library of first-rate novels about the Vietnam War."
A closely written novel of after-the-war Vietnam, when all that was solid melted into air. Read full book review >
I REFUSE by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Without pyrotechnics, Petterson brings his characters and working-class Norway vividly, even passionately, to life; days after they finish the novel, readers may still have dreams of ice cracking."
Norwegian Petterson (It's Fine By Me, 2012, etc.) shows his considerable gift for exploring the darker crevices of boyhood in this elegiac story of two long-estranged friends whose lives have not turned out as they expected.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 >
HOUSE OF ECHOES by Brendan Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A wonderfully tense and heart-wrenching debut."
In an isolated village in upstate New York, a young family finds "[d]emons in the wood and devils at the door." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >