Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY by Bill Clegg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An attempt to map how the unbearable is borne, elegantly written and bravely imagined."
Hours before a wedding, a fire kills the bride, the groom, her father, and her mother's boyfriend. Read full book review >
THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! by Jonathan Evison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Evison writes humanely and with good humor of his characters, who, like the rest of us, muddle through, too often without giving ourselves much of a break. A lovely, forgiving character study that's a pleasure to read."
Insightful, richly entertaining look at a woman who, very late in the game, finds that life remains full of surprises. Read full book review >

THE CHILD GARDEN by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"McPherson's newest stand-alone (Come to Harm, 2015, etc.) is a stunning combination of creepy thriller and classic mystery with a startling denouement."
A divorced woman with a severely disabled teenage son gets sucked into a mystery that will change her forever. Read full book review >
TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS by Salman Rushdie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Beguiling and astonishing, wonderful and wondrous. Rushdie at his best."
"It's a terrible thing when one speaks metaphorically and the metaphor turns into a literal truth." So writes Rushdie (Joseph Anton: A Memoir, 2012, etc.) in one of his very best books, one whose governing metaphor can be about many terrible truths indeed.Read full book review >
BEAUTY IS A WOUND by Eka Kurniawan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Huge ambition, abundantly realized."
English-language debut of a celebrated Indonesian author. Read full book review >

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES T. KIRK by David A. goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An accomplished, stirring tribute to a beloved sci-fi series that will captivate fans and newcomers alike."
A faux memoir of Star Trek's iconic Capt. James T. Kirk that draws on nearly half a century of the franchise's history. Read full book review >
THE VISITING PRIVILEGE by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2015

"Williams, to belabor the metaphor, isn't just a closer, but a utility player at the top of her game. If you want to see how the pros do it—or simply want to read some of the best stories being written today—you need look no further."
Four dozen stories by one of the form's greatest practitioners. Read full book review >
THE SCRIBE by Matthew Guinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"Imagine a sequel to Birth of a Nation as conceived, written, and directed by David Lynch. Too much of a stretch? Wait till you see who—or what—is behind the mayhem."
Graphic gothic horror and 19th-century American caste politics meld with unsettling force in this (often literally) scorching whodunit. Read full book review >
LIBERTY BAZAAR by David Chadwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"This offbeat, refreshingly absorbing Civil War novel features impeccable research and well-realized main characters."
In Chadwick's (High Seas to Home, 2012) historical novel, an escaped slave girl and a former Confederate general meet in 1863 Liverpool. Read full book review >
FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An intricate plot, perfect title, and a harrowing look at the tie that binds."
An absorbing story of a modern marriage framed in Greek mythology. Read full book review >
ONE by Sarah  Crossan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"This is honest, unapologetic realism from a diverse perspective not often seen in fiction for teens. Not to be overlooked. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 12 & up)"
Two sisters come of age in this thoughtfully crafted, well-researched verse novel of emerging selfhood. Read full book review >
BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A rare study of growing pains that gives equal weight to humor and hardship. (Fiction. 14 & up) "
Four best friends drift miles apart as each of them struggles to come into his own. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >