Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A REUNION OF GHOSTS by Judith Claire Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"For the Alters, life has been a seemingly endless series of tragedies; for us, the tragedy is that this stunning novel inevitably comes to an end."
Three middle-aged sisters collaborating on a memoir that's meant to double as their collective suicide note may not sound like a hilarious premise for a novel, but Mitchell's masterful family saga is as funny as it is aching. Read full book review >
THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"The award-winning Almond poetically plumbs the depths of his 1950s and '60s childhood to explore themes of violence, war, God, creativity, beauty, death, art, the soul, our animal selves, whether we ever grow up or can really know each other…in short, life. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Dominic Hall is "a caulker's son, a tank cleaner's grandson" in the river town of Tyneside in northern England…but the boy dreams of writing. Read full book review >

THE ANIMALS by Christian Kiefer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2015

"Devastatingly beautiful. This novel embodies why we write and why we read."
In Kiefer's (The Infinite Tides, 2012) dark, lyrical novel, a man learns that no matter how hard he may try to atone for his sins, he can't outrun his violent past or his most painful mistakes.Read full book review >
WHISPER HOLLOW by Chris Cander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A distinctive novel that sublimely measures the distressed though determined heartbeat of a small mountain community."
Verra, West Virginia, is the setting of this sweeping novel, in which first- and second-generation immigrants with coal-stained hands and blackened lungs forge new lives for their growing families amid secrets that run as deep and dark as the coal mines. Read full book review >
DELICIOUS FOODS by James Hannaham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A poised and nervy study of race in a unique voice."
A Southern farm provides the backdrop for a modern-day slavery tale in this textured, inventive and provocatively funny novel. Read full book review >

SNOWBLIND by Daniel Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Arnold has crafted a fierce book for those who know the game—and for the rest of us, who can vicariously push through our fears of the wild."
This debut story collection is a gutsy, up-close look at mountain climbing around the world. Read full book review >
THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A richly layered, beautifully told and somehow lovable story about war, revenge and loss."
Elijah Goldstein's devoted Uncle Poxl is a Jewish World War II fighter pilot and an overnight literary sensation. What more could a boy want?Read full book review >
A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"The phrase 'tour de force' could have been invented for this audacious novel."
Four men who meet as college roommates move to New York and spend the next three decades gaining renown in their professions—as an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—and struggling with demons in their intertwined personal lives. Read full book review >
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs."
Two American spies—one retired, one active—dance around what really happened five years earlier during a mission gone horribly wrong. Read full book review >
THE LOST CHILD by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Gorgeously crafted and emotionally shattering."
Award-winning novelist, essayist and playwright Phillips (Color Me English, 2011, etc.) responds to Wuthering Heights.Read full book review >
THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by Teresa Toten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Readers be warned: Like Augustus Waters before him, Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measure. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What would it feel like to wake up normal? It's a question most people would never have cause to ask—and the one 14-year-old Adam Spencer Ross longs to have answered. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF VIDEO by Jeremy Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A novel that manages to be both very funny and very sad, with an unrepentant belief in both movies and love served with a cleverness and irreverence that are difficult to resist."
In this funny, surprisingly tender debut novel, Hawkins tells the story of a misfit group of video-store employees whose efforts to save their beloved shop offer the reader a cast of lovable oddities and a streak of infectious adoration for the power of movies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >