Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

WILD WOOD by Posie Graeme-Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"More gripping entertainment from a seasoned professional."
Revisiting the interconnected-mysteries-separated-by-centuries setup that worked so well in The Island House (2012, etc.), Graeme-Evans sends an Australian adoptee searching for her birth mother to a castle on the England-Scotland border.Read full book review >
THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A brilliant work."
Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL'S DETECTIVE by Simon Kurt Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A grand, nightmarish page-turner that will have you riveted no matter how much you'd prefer to look away."
Even hell has crime. And somebody has to go through…well, you know…to bring criminals to justice. Read full book review >
YOUNG SKINS by Colin Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Barrett has given us moments that resonate true to a culture, a population and a geography that are fertile with the stuff of good fiction."
A story collection in which the nights of small-town Ireland are filled with the ramblings of restless youth. Read full book review >
AN EXAGGERATED MURDER by Josh Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A beautifully written postmodern novel of deduction that merrily, wittily blows up its genre's conventions while at the same time re-energizing possibilities for the 21st-century detective story."
Three things to keep in mind about this book: Travel is far more enriching than arrival, detectives are essentially professional critics, and always be very careful when you decide to quit smoking. Read full book review >

THE ILLUMINATIONS by Andrew O'Hagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"It's remarkable how much human territory O'Hagan explores and illuminates with a restrained style that also helps drive the novel along at a good clip."
The Scottish author's fifth novel (The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his friend Marilyn Monroe, 2010, etc.) is a lean yet rich family story built of small and crucial moments in memories and reality across three generations. Read full book review >
MEETING THE ENGLISH by Kate Clanchy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Fresh, funny and at times piercing, Clanchy's novel introduces a savvy, impressive new voice."
Tragedy and farce combine in a Scottish-born poet's notable debut novel, which follows an innocent abroad in London during one very hot, transformative summer. Read full book review >
DARK ROOMS by Lili Anolik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Wholly absorbing and emotionally rich, this novel dodges Law & Order: Special Victims Unit clichés to deliver something deeply satisfying."
A young woman becomes obsessed with finding the truth behind her sister's death in Anolik's thrilling debut. Read full book review >
THE LEGACY OF LOST THINGS by Aida Zilelian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A lyrical description of a family's search for their daughter and for their humanity."
Debut author Zilelian's story follows a family of Armenian immigrants struggling to adapt to the American way of life while also contending with traditional coming-of-age conflicts. Read full book review >
SUITCASE CITY by Sterling Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Sit back and enjoy Watson's latest. It's better than bourbon on the rocks."
A taut tale of crime and vengeance along Florida's Gulf Coast. Read full book review >
THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY by Rachel Joyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Reading Harold Fry first will allow this deeply emotional novel to resonate more fully."
Joyce (Perfect, 2014, etc.) offers an introspective follow-up to her 2012 breakout debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.Read full book review >
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Another daring, razor-sharp novel from a writer with talent to burn."
The provocative author of The White Boy Shuffle (1996) and Slumberland (2008) is back with his most penetratingly satirical novel yet.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >