Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

NEVER AGAIN by Harvey A. Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2018

"A methodical, convincing story of political upheaval."
America's refusal to take in thousands of Israeli refugees incites national tumult in Schwartz's (On a Barge in France, 2016) thriller.Read full book review >
TERMINAL LEAVE by F.S.  Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2018

"A raw, insightful collection that evokes the detritus of war."
Blake reflects on the cost of war in this debut collection of poems. Read full book review >

UNCLAY by T.F. Powys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2018

"A delightful entertainment with a wit too rarely seen now in fiction."
A reissue of an amusing 1931 work by this British author that describes the strange doings among rural villagers and how they're affected by the arrival of an outsider. Read full book review >
THE BIRD CATCHER AND OTHER STORIES by Fayeza Hasanat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Lyrical and challenging."
In this debut collection, Bangladeshi characters in both Bangladesh and the U.S. encounter the scourge of tradition and the indifference of modern life. Read full book review >
TELL THEM OF BATTLES, KINGS, AND ELEPHANTS by Mathias Énard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"An elegant meditation on what might have been."
Continuing his explorations of the meeting of East and West, French novelist Énard (Compass, 2017) imagines a lost episode in the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Read full book review >

COME WITH ME by Helen Schulman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Richly imagined, profound, and of the moment."
A Palo Alto-set domestic drama with a touch of sci-fi: What if the results of one's life choices could be explored not only in daydreams, but with a virtual reality-type app that generates personal "multiverses"? Read full book review >
THE RAZOR by J. Barton Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"An R-rated popcorn-munching entertainment in the best B-movie tradition."
A mysterious catastrophe threatens a previously impregnable and dangerously corrupt 22nd-century prison planet. Read full book review >
THE HOUSEGUEST by Amparo Dávila
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Brief, macabre stories that twist our obsessions with animals and our own thoughts. Like Poe for the new millennium."
The borders between the animal, human, and spirit worlds are constantly breached in these creepy magical realist tales of grief and obsession. Read full book review >
JUST PLAIN MURDER  by Laura Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Bradford's look at Amish life is cartoonishly superficial, marked chiefly by having her characters repeat 'mamm,' 'dat,' and 'Rumspringa' every few sentences. Even a fairly clever solution can't redeem this sixth installment from its literary sins."
Pennsylvania shop owner Claire Weatherly (A Churn for the Worse, 2016, etc.) helps her formerly Amish boyfriend solve another murder. Read full book review >
THE ADULTS by Caroline Hulse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"A bit too heavily staged, but with good dialogue and some nice farcical moments."
A very bad idea for a holiday vacation turns out even worse than expected for a bunch of Brits. Read full book review >
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE by Heather Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"A book that attempts to walk the thin line between the trite and the profound—and sometimes succeeds."
Artist Marina Abramovic's marathon 2010 performance at the Museum of Modern Art becomes the focus of Rose's tremblingly earnest novel, the Australian writer's first novel for adults to be published in the U.S. Read full book review >
HAZARDS OF TIME TRAVEL by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"More shambling than dystopian classics by Orwell, Atwood, and Ishiguro but energized by a similar spirit of outrage."
A defiant young woman in near-future America is sentenced to hard time in the 1950s Midwest. 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 >