Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

SIGNALS by Tim Gautreaux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"Gautreaux's deft wit and empathy for his characters make for a winning collection."
Facing conflict, Gautreaux's (The Missing, 2009, etc.) working-class characters try to do the right thing in 21 new and selected stories set in Louisiana and elsewhere. Read full book review >
PERFECT LITTLE WORLD by Kevin Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A moving and sincere reflection on what it truly means to become a family."
That infamous village that's needed to raise a child comes to fruition when a brilliant researcher creates a communal parenting experiment. Read full book review >

NINE FOLDS MAKE A PAPER SWAN by Ruth Gilligan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Witty and haunting, the book blurs the boundaries between past and present, between who we are and the stories we tell."
In a boldly ambitious novel of family and belonging, Gilligan chronicles the history of Jewish immigrants in Ireland by weaving together three interconnected stories spanning more than a century. Read full book review >
THE MURDERER'S APE by Jakob Wegelius
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Short attention spans need not apply, but committed, careful readers will be richly rewarded. (Mystery. 10 & up)"
When her friend and partner, the sailor Henry Koskela, is wrongfully imprisoned for murder, Sally Jones works for years to free him. Read full book review >
MEXICO by Josh Barkan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Masterful stories that peel away at the thin border between everyday life and profane violence in modern-day Mexico."
Twelve crime-tinted short stories from an American writer who lives part-time in Mexico. Read full book review >

THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year."
A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. Read full book review >
THE PATRIOTS by Sana Krasikov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"We do the best we can in an imperfect world, Krasikov reminds us in a dark tale brightened by tender compassion for human frailty."
An idealistic young American heads for the Soviet Union in 1934, with consequences that reverberate through three generations in Krasikov's ambitious and compelling first novel (One More Year: Stories, 2008). Read full book review >
ALLEGEDLY by Tiffany D. Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Searing and true. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
With a black mother suffering from multiple mental conditions and a possibly white father who's "N/A"—at least according to her birth certificate—15-year-old Mary B. Addison finds herself navigating the prison-industrial complex alone for allegedly killing a 3-month-old white baby. Read full book review >
CHASING THE KING OF HEARTS by Hanna Krall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2017

"A quirky but exceptional story of infinite love and life-sustaining commitment."
Polish writer Krall transmutes the real experience of a Holocaust survivor into an emotionally bleached yet devastating account of where love can take us. Read full book review >
ROGUE MAGIC by Kit Brisby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"A powerful, thought-provoking, and spellbinding debut; timely, too."
In a world where magic exists but has been brutally suppressed, the heir to the company which made the violent system possible begins to question everything when he's saved by, then falls in love with, a mage. Read full book review >
THE ANIMATORS by Kayla Rae Whitaker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Empathetic but never sentimental; a book that creeps up on you and then swallows you whole."
Unexpected and nuanced and pulsing with life, Whitaker's debut cuts straight to the heart of the creative process. Read full book review >
NUMBER 11 by Jonathan Coe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This powerful and enthralling novel takes the measure of a society feeding on its members as little contemporary fiction has."
The political and cultural state of contemporary Britain is dissected in this multistrand novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >