Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

RED ROOFS & OTHER STORIES by Junichiro Tanizaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2016

"Tanizaki combines understated realism with fabulism, sensuality, a fascination with the exotic (which, in a reversal of American and European literary clichés, here means things Western), and ambivalence toward traditional Japan."
Four newly translated stories, written between 1917 and 1926, by one of the masters of 20th-century Japanese literature (The Makioka Sisters, 1957, etc.). Read full book review >
The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House by John Whittier Treat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2016

"A compassionate, engrossing novel of life in the early plague years, depicted here with authentic detail and a true heart."
The panicked, formative years of the AIDS epidemic create the dramatic backdrop for this sentimental yet searingly authentic novel. Read full book review >

COFFIN ROAD by Peter May
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly entertaining yarn."
A man washes ashore in the Outer Hebrides, the pages of his memory completely blank, while in Edinburgh a troubled teen suspects her father did not, as she was told, commit suicide. Read full book review >
The White Devil by Domenic Stansberry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Perhaps the most surprising feature of this tour de force is its pervasive links to both Jacobean tragedy and contemporary Mediterranean noir. Who knew?"
Guardians of the literary canon, rejoice. Stansberry (Naked Moon, 2010, etc.), borrowing freely from John Webster's eponymous 1612 tragedy, proves that there's plenty of life and death and nastiness in the classics. Read full book review >
The Woman Behind the Waterfall by Leonora Meriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Readers looking for a classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an intoxicating world, especially if they can follow the more magical plotlines."
A young girl must harness the power of her maternal line to help her mother in this debut novel. Read full book review >

THE BOSTON CASTRATO by Colin W Sargent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Sweeping and ambitious."
Weaving together a dizzying number of intersecting plots, Sargent (Museum of Human Beings, 2009) captures the bustling excitement—and seedy grit—of early 1920s Boston. Read full book review >
Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me by Jerome Mark Antil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A complex coming-of-age story that evokes the enduring effects of war and the latter days of the Jim Crow system."
A boy learns important lessons about prejudice, racism, and courage in post-World War II America in a fictional tale that combines autobiographical elements and the supernatural. Read full book review >
ASSASSINS by Jim Eldridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Besides providing interesting nuggets of history, Eldridge depicts his lead characters with complexity and compassion, auguring well for this series kickoff."
Against a backdrop of political unrest, a multiple murderer wreaks havoc in post-World War I Britain. Read full book review >
Lily by Michael Thomas Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"In this moving and magical literary journey, a heroine grapples with a terrifying power."
A young girl gains the ability to see the death of anyone she touches in this debut "modern(ish)" fairy tale. Read full book review >
NOVEMBER STORM  by Robert Oldshue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Oldshue writes a loose, relaxed prose, that of an unhurried natural storyteller with a wry affection for many of his characters and a wide range of human interest."
The characters in this debut story collection confront minor crises and sudden shocks, the sort of narrative spectrum one might expect from an author who's also a medical doctor. Read full book review >
NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Lyrical and affecting, the novel succeeds in skirting clichés through its empathy and through the depth of its major characters."
In post-Civil War Texas, a 10-year-old girl makes an odyssey back to her aunt and uncle's home after living with the Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four years earlier. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though the level of inspiration in individual stories varies widely, every fan will find different reasons to cheer. And they'll all marvel at the inventive range of this salute to the greatest of all fictional detectives."
"Inspired" is the key word here, for contributors have been encouraged to interpret their remit even more broadly than in the editors' previous two collections (In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >