Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

PAGES FOR HER by Sylvia Brownrigg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"Brownrigg considers motherhood, romance, identity, and the changes brought by time in this tender, insightful novel."
Two women, former lovers, reconnect with each other and themselves in Brownrigg's sequel (which can be read independently) to her 2001 novel, Pages for You. Read full book review >
OUT IN THE OPEN by Jesús Carrasco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Harshly and elegantly told; a quest that feels both old and new."
A stark debut novel details a young boy's flight from danger across a desiccated, dangerous land. Read full book review >

THE SONG OF THE ORPHANS by Daniel Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"A worthy and thrilling follow-up to The Flight of the Silvers; the wait for Book 3 will be tough to bear."
In the second of a series, a group of people escaping the destruction of our world use their newly discovered superpowers to save both themselves and the parallel world where they've landed. Read full book review >
THE GRAYBAR HOTEL by Curtis Dawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"A well-turned and surprising addition to prison literature."
Stories about the subtle indignities and wandering imaginations that shape prison life, written by an inmate. Read full book review >
MADAME ZERO by Sarah Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Hall finds the weirdness in everyday life and makes the strange feel quotidian."
Short fiction from the author of The Wolf Border (2015), shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Read full book review >

ALL WE SHALL KNOW by Donal Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Emotionally intense, deeply engaging, and profound."
Set in contemporary Ireland, this is a novel of self-sacrifice, penance, and circumscribed possibilities for happiness, narrated with great compassion and written with elegant lyricism. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO SAW by Simon Toyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Brains beat brawn in this engrossing yarn, and a mind without a memory makes Toyne's hero a hard character to—well, to forget."
Second book in the Solomon Creed series (The Searcher, 2015), this imaginative thriller takes root in the Holocaust and sprouts in modern-day France. Read full book review >
PENHALE WOOD by Julia Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2017

"The elegant writing, complex characters, and surprising conclusion of Thomas' second (The English Boys, 2016) all add up to a fine mystery that will appeal to readers of Catriona McPherson's psychological thrillers."
A cold case turns hot enough to burn lives to the ground. Read full book review >
LIVE FROM CAIRO by Ian Bassingthwaighte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The ironies of bureaucracy and wartime, à la Catch-22, meet the ironies of love and sacrifice, à la The Necklace, profoundly humanizing the global refugee crisis. Bassingthwaighte's virtuoso debut deserves the widest attention."
This brilliantly conceived and artfully detailed novel set in the Egyptian immigration bureaucracy is both a comedy and tragedy of errors. Read full book review >
THE ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A satisfying, entertaining read from an admired writer who deserves to be a household name."
Jackson (The Opposite of Everyone, 2016, etc.) has written another spirited page-turner set in a new South still haunted by the ghosts of the old. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S MUSE by Bill Loehfelm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Loehfelm doesn't need showy murders or gory scenes to writes crime stories with grit that stay lodged in your brain and get under your skin in the best possible way."
A rookie New Orleans cop discovers that regular rules don't apply during Mardi Gras, when a shooting sets off a cascading series of violent events. Read full book review >
THE VENERATION OF MONSTERS by Suzanne Burns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Burns is an unmissable heir to writers of the peculiar, from Shirley Jackson to Roald Dahl."
A parade of eccentric women retreat into fantasy as they attempt to cure their loneliness. 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 >