Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE INSEPARABLES by Stuart Nadler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Love this writer. Love these characters."
Three generations of smart, articulate women deal with challenging life passages. Read full book review >
THE IMPERIAL WIFE by Irina Reyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"The stories of two eras and two marriages are related in evocative language steeped in keenly observed details."
The discovery of a historic Russian artifact kicks off a dual narrative of two women separated by centuries but united in grit and ambition. Read full book review >

THE BAKER STREET JURORS by Michael Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Robertson, who seems to command an unlimited stream of clever ideas for recycling the Holmes legend without resuscitating the great man, outdoes himself in the most effervescent of his five Baker Street cocktails to date."
It was only a matter of time, and now it's happened at last: Sherlock Holmes gets called to jury duty. Read full book review >
THE CASTLE OF KINGS by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Combine Princess Bride with Germanic history circa 1500, add a dash of Lord of the Rings, and there's a week of good fun in this 600-page-plus tome."
As the early-16th-century Peasants' War tears Palatinate Germany apart, Pötzsch (The Werewolf of Bamber, 2015, etc.) follows a young noblewoman's epic quest, sparked by a signet ring once owned by the legendary Barbarossa—Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor. Read full book review >
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE by Maggie O’Farrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Juicy and cool, this could be O'Farrell's U.S. breakthrough book."
A reclusive French film star, her American linguist husband, and their exes, parents, siblings, and children from various marriages feature in a sophisticated story about love. Read full book review >

THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"A compelling, heart-wrenching, creative, and intricate read."
As the Great War rages, a talented jeweler with a psychic affinity for stones creates mourning talismans with messages for those left behind, which leads her to a ghostly romance and a dangerous rendezvous with a tragic Russian exile. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE SUN by Nicole Dennis-Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Haunting and superbly crafted, this is a magical book from a writer of immense talent and intelligence."
The lives of three generations of women in Jamaica intersect as they try to build better lives. Read full book review >
MONTEREY BAY by Lindsay Hatton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Along with creating a fully realized, realistic heroine seen across decades, Hatton is a writer of often exceptional prose, sometimes overwrought but always thoughtful."
Margot Fiske is seen at ages 15 and 73 as she variously pursues and recalls her relationship with marine biologist Ed Ricketts and relates how she came to run an aquarium. Read full book review >
THE SUNLIGHT PILGRIMS by Jenni Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"More fine work from this gifted Scottish writer."
There are three suns in the sky and it's minus 6 degrees in Britain as Fagan's gently apocalyptic new novel opens in November 2020. Read full book review >
WHITE BONE  by Ridley Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"This crackling adventure doubles as a survival guide for your next trip to the striking, endangered landscape of East Africa."
The improbable stars of Rutherford Risk tangle with murderous ivory poachers and warring local cops, rangers, and strongmen in Nairobi and the even wilder Kenyan countryside. Read full book review >
BLOODLINE by Conn Iggulden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"In this craftily plotted novel, Iggulden turns legends into real people, all passion, intrigue, and duplicity, so palpably realistic the sound of sword against armor rings from the page."
Margaret of Anjou spiked the rebel heads of the Duke of York and the Earl of Salisbury on York's city gate, but her husband, Henry VI, "who'd lost his wits" and turned more cloistered monk than king, remains rebel prisoner in the third volume of Iggulden's (Margaret of Anjou, 2015, etc.) Wars of the Roses series. Read full book review >
LOSING IT by Emma Rathbone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Amusing but also smart about people and unexpectedly sweet."
Will someone help this poor young woman with her virginity? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >