Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Society by Jodie Andrefski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A thoughtful, sensitively drawn examination of bullying, revenge, and personal responsibility."
In Andrefski's (The Girlfriend Request, 2016, etc.) novel, a bullied teen at an elite private school plots revenge against her tormentors during recruitment week for a secret society. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Jo Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers of Western historical romance will enjoy the novel's deft blending of suspense, humor, and family drama."
When a mysterious battered stranger is found on her land, a young woman rancher struggles to protect her heart—and a secret—from him. Read full book review >

SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS' ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS by Mark Binelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This dreamlike album of real and imagined scenes from a complex artist's memory bank is as flamboyant a display of light and shadow as one of Hawkins' stage shows."
The sometimes-murky details behind a rhythm-and-blues legend are transformed by dark magic and even darker comedy into an eccentric mélange of imaginative speculation and cultural criticism. Read full book review >
WILDE LAKE by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Although she overamps some reveals and shortchanges others, Lippman as always treads the fine line between certainty and amazement."
Lippman (Hush Hush, 2015, etc.) takes familiar themes to a new locale as she traces a family's journey from raucous Baltimore to the meticulously planned community of Columbia, Maryland. Read full book review >
NATIVE BELIEVER by Ali Eteraz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A provocative and very funny exploration of Muslim identity in America today."
A secular Muslim searches for his place in America in this biting satire from first-time novelist Eteraz (Falsipedies and Fibsiennes, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

THE CHIMES by Anna Smaill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Entrancingly poetic and engagingly plotted, this is a story that brims with heart and soul."
A melodic, immersive dystopian tale set in a London where writing is lost and song has replaced story. Read full book review >
THE PURSUIT OF PEARLS by Jane Thynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective."
A movie star faces the nightmare of living in Nazi Germany in this second volume of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >
KEEP YOU CLOSE by Lucie Whitehouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A first-rate psychological thriller about the decisions we make that forever define us."
A woman retraces an estranged friend's last days following her seemingly accidental death. Read full book review >
ONLY BELOVED by Mary Balogh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Balogh wraps up her celebrated series with a perfect happy-ever-after for the older duke, his spinster bride, and the whole Survivors' Club."
When the Duke of Stanbrook announces his plans to marry spinster Dora Debbins, friends rally around them in celebration while an old nemesis swears vengeance against the couple, casting a shadow across their marriage. Read full book review >
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Vaultingly ambitious, thrillingly well-written, charged with moral fervor and rueful compassion. How will this dazzling writer astonish us next time?"
Morgan follows up her slim, keening debut (All the Living, 2009) with an epic novel steeped in American history and geography.Read full book review >
THE MAP OF BONES by Francesca Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A powerful post-apocalyptic story with unusual emotional depth and clear, often beautiful language, this is one genre fans won't want to miss."
This sequel to The Fire Sermon (2015) extends and deepens its story of a post-apocalyptic world riven by war. Read full book review >
THE ASSISTANTS by Camille Perri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Don't think too hard about this one—just enjoy the sweetness of plotting revenge over cocktails (expensed, of course). You'll feel better after reading, promise."
Attention readers fed up with your jobs: call in sick tomorrow and dive into this debut crackling with the energy of handfuls of underpaid, underappreciated, tired-as-heck assistants hungry for what's owed them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >