Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE WOLF OF SARAJEVO by Matthew Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Well-written, exciting, and fast-paced fiction by a diplomat with deep knowledge of the Balkans."
A suspenseful Balkans thriller by the author of The American Mission (2014).Read full book review >
ALL FIXED UP by Linda Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Sure to please series regulars and fans of urban fantasy/mystery/romance."
An addition to the sexy, fun urban fantasy series (The Big Fix, 2015, etc.) featuring Ciel Halligan, "aura adaptor"—which means that, thanks to a genetic mutation, she can assume the appearance and physical characteristics of another person in a sort of 21st-century version of elvish "glamour."Read full book review >

SMOKE by Dan Vyleta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Sequel, anyone?"
A dystopian fantasy novel set sometime in 19th-century England. Read full book review >
THIS TOO SHALL PASS by Milena Busquets
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Light, profound, sensual, unmistakably European: this may be the only book about grief to feel like a vacation."
A witty and passionate woman, recently bereaved, goes to the beach. Read full book review >
STONE TABLETS by Wojciech Zukrowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"A novel of epic scope and ambition."
Politics and romance, always a volatile mixture, intersect in Delhi in 1956 when a Hungarian cultural attaché falls in love with an Australian doctor. Read full book review >

THE CITY OF MIRRORS by Justin Cronin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Of interest to fans who have followed the story through the first two books, but a bumpy ride without that background."
What are you going to do after vanquishing the virals? Why, properly inoculated, refound civilization, of course. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN by Ann Leary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"In this deeply satisfying novel about how unknowable people can be, intrigue builds with glass shards of dark humor toward an ending that is far from comic."
Leary (The Good House, 2013, etc.) writes about nutty, pedigreed New Englanders in this noirish comedy in which financial wrangling and emotional secrets are kept under wraps within a well-born Connecticut family until the arrival of an interloper from west of the Rockies. Read full book review >
A GAME FOR ALL THE FAMILY by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Even after the last clouds have dispersed, you won't soon forget this nightmare within a nightmare."
A London TV producer who's retired to Devon to get away from it all is terrorized by a series of anonymous phone calls that mercilessly reveal every fault line in the lives of two families, one of them her own. Read full book review >
DEAR FANG, WITH LOVE by Rufi Thorpe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Melancholic and whimsical at once, Thorpe's novel is bumpy, quirky, and wholly original."
A father and daughter tour Lithuania in Thorpe's (The Girls from Corona del Mar, 2014) odd and deceptively simple family saga that spans countries and generations. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER GUEST by Alison Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"An exceptional novel about the transcendent possibilities of literature, friendship, and contemplation."
A newly uncovered 19th-century diary describes a brief but vivid friendship between the writer and a young Anton Chekhov. Read full book review >
HAPPY FAMILY by Tracy Barone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Cinematic in its scope, this novel takes readers on a broad, deep, and poignant journey alongside a tough, admirable woman and the varied characters who populate her life."
In her debut novel, screenwriter, playwright, and film producer Barone uses a wide lens to capture Cheri Matzner's life, from a precarious beginning to a confident, peaceful middle age. Read full book review >
SWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"As they say at the restaurant: pick up!"
An ingénue from the Midwest learns the ways of the world, and the flesh, during her year as a back waiter at a top Manhattan restaurant. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >