Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE CHILDREN by Ann Leary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"In this deeply satisfying novel about how unknowable people can be, intrigue builds with glass shards of dark humor toward an ending that is far from comic."
Leary (The Good House, 2013, etc.) writes about nutty, pedigreed New Englanders in this noirish comedy in which financial wrangling and emotional secrets are kept under wraps within a well-born Connecticut family until the arrival of an interloper from west of the Rockies. Read full book review >
SWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"As they say at the restaurant: pick up!"
An ingénue from the Midwest learns the ways of the world, and the flesh, during her year as a back waiter at a top Manhattan restaurant. Read full book review >

THE SUMMER GUEST by Alison Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"An exceptional novel about the transcendent possibilities of literature, friendship, and contemplation."
A newly uncovered 19th-century diary describes a brief but vivid friendship between the writer and a young Anton Chekhov. Read full book review >
STONE TABLETS by Wojciech Zukrowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"A novel of epic scope and ambition."
Politics and romance, always a volatile mixture, intersect in Delhi in 1956 when a Hungarian cultural attaché falls in love with an Australian doctor. Read full book review >
THIS TOO SHALL PASS by Milena Busquets
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Light, profound, sensual, unmistakably European: this may be the only book about grief to feel like a vacation."
A witty and passionate woman, recently bereaved, goes to the beach. Read full book review >

THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"With a terrific new hero built for the long run, Hamilton stands to gain new followers—especially if Hollywood's plans to adapt the book come to fruition."
When hard-nosed Chicagoan Nick Mason is sprung from an Indiana prison after serving only five years of a 25-year-to-life sentence, he's hardly done paying for a killing he did not commit. Read full book review >
NITRO MOUNTAIN by Lee Clay Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"An ambitious, disturbing, and daring debut."
Appalachian noir at its darkest and most deranged. Read full book review >
All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2016

"An absorbing and poignant YA dystopian fantasy with a convincing heroine."
A teenager works through her emotional turmoil while waiting to become a sacrificial offering to aliens in this sci-fi melodrama. Read full book review >
BEIJING RED by Alex Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A terrific tale for fans of the genre."
A fast-moving, tense biothriller set in China. Read full book review >
HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR by John Corey Whaley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A teen with her sights set on a scholarship for a psychology undergraduate program befriends a boy with agoraphobia in order to write an essay about the experience in this novel from Printz Medal winner Whaley. Read full book review >
THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, CASSIE PARKER by Terra Elan McVoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A smart, heartwarming novel about the ups and downs of family and friendship. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Fiona's diary is stolen by the most popular girl in seventh grade, she braces herself for the worst summer ever. Read full book review >
ALLEGHENY FRONT by Matthew Neill Null
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Breece D'J Pancake gets all the literary press out of West Virginia, what there is of it. But he's been dead nearly 40 years, and it's high time someone else did. Null is a natural writer with much to say."
Sometimes lyrical, sometimes scarifying stories by the up-and-coming author of Honey from the Lion (2015).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >