Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Stage fuses horror with domestic suspense to paint an unflinching portrait of childhood psychopathy and maternal regret."
A mute, diabolical 7-year-old wages war against her mother in this chilling debut. Read full book review >
THE OTHER WOMAN by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Gripping as always and grimly realistic."
Gabriel Allon is back in action. Read full book review >

OK, MR. FIELD by Katharine Kilalea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"An auspicious debut that challenges the reader to follow the progress of mental distress and bravely offers little relief from the painful sight."
A concert pianist finds his life and mind drifting after an accident damages his hand in this gloomy, evocative novel. Read full book review >
THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"There's not a false note in this retelling, which does the Beowulf poet and his spear-Danes proud."
Headley, a writer of juvenile fiction (Aerie, 2016, etc.) and fantasy, steps into the adult world with this spot-on reimagining of a classic of Old English literature. Read full book review >
GIVE ME YOUR HAND by Megan Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"In Abbott's deft hands, friendship is fused to rivalry, and ambition to fear, with an unsettling level of believability. It will take more than a cold shower to still the blood thumping in your ears when you finish this."
A rising star in a famous laboratory can track her success back to the one person in her life she'd like to forget. Read full book review >

METAMORPHICA by Zachary Mason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Both soaring and deep, this dazzling narrative creates a fictional universe of myth that transcends time itself."
A computer scientist who earned literary renown with The Lost Books of the Odyssey (2010), Mason shows that his novelistic debut was a warm-up for an even more ambitious reimagining of an epic work. Read full book review >
MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION by Ottessa Moshfegh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A nervy modern-day rebellion tale that isn't afraid to get dark or find humor in the darkness."
A young New York woman figures there's nothing wrong with existence that a fistful of prescriptions and months of napping wouldn't fix. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"With just the right touch of bitters, Williams (Cocoa Beach, 2017, etc.) mixes a satisfyingly tempestuous—and eminently beachworthy—follow-up to her beloved Schuyler Sisters series."
Twenty years after a murder at her family's tony Long Island Sound summer enclave, an expatriate actress returns to right a terrible injustice and heal her broken heart. Read full book review >
IF YOU SEE ME, DON'T SAY HI by Neel Patel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A melancholic pleasure with a sense of humor."
Always thoughtful and often aching, the 11 sharp stories in Patel's debut find his characters—mostly first-generation Indian-Americans; usually young, or youngish; often in Midwestern cities—navigating love, loss, and disappointment. Read full book review >
SAFE HOUSES by Dan Fesperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Prolific spy novelist Fesperman delivers another winner, this one as fiendishly clever as it is richly entertaining."
In 2014, 35 years after Berlin-based CIA worker Helen Abell went rogue to uncover a high-level agent as a serial rapist, she and her husband are murdered in their farmhouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore—both shot in the face with a hunting rifle. Read full book review >
THE SHADES by Evgenia  Citkowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"A thoroughly modern novel with a Gothic feel; a fully realized vision."
A couple begins to unravel after the sudden death of their 16-year-old daughter in Citkowitz's (Ether, 2010) haunting portrait of unsparing grief. Read full book review >
IT ALL FALLS DOWN by Sheena Kamal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"A stunning, emotionally resonant thriller."
The troubled Nora Watts searches for the truth about her father's supposed suicide in Kamal's follow-up to The Lost Ones (2017). 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 >