Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION by Kamel Daoud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fiction with a strong moral edge, offering a Rashomon-like response to a classic novel."
The nameless Arab victim of Albert Camus' The Stranger receives a biography and a name in this thoughtful, controversial rejoinder from the other side of the colonial question.Read full book review >
THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and those fascinated by the tension between free will and fate."
Set mostly in 1880s London, Pulley's debut novel twists typical steampunk elements—telegraphs, gaslight, clockwork automata—into a fresh and surprising philosophical adventure. Read full book review >

LITTLE BEASTS by Matthew McGevna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A fine, if somewhat muted, debut."
McGevna's debut novel captures the familiar rhythms of summertime, following young people on the edge of violence. Read full book review >
OUR NAUGHTY FAT CELLS by Alice Hutchison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2015

"This book's story swings and misses, but its clever drawings win the day."
In this work of fiction aimed at adults, Hutchison explores the secret lives that fat cells lead inside their human hosts. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF HOURS by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2014

"Entertaining over-the-top melodrama, with a nonsensical plot pitting an appealing pair of lovers against a dastardly villain."
The adventurous romance of Gabriella Martinez and Richard Harrison continues in Alonso-Sierra's follow-up to The Coin (2014). Read full book review >

JON FIXX by Jason Squire Fluck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An exciting, comical page-turner about the gritty underbelly of love."
Fluck follows the adventures of a romance-writer-for-hire in his debut novel. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE INLET by Gail Summers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A poignant story that explores what it means to be a family and the power of forgiveness."
In Summers' captivating debut novel, family secrets and buried pain threaten to tear three sisters apart as they reunite to care for a dying stepparent. Read full book review >
MASON'S KEEPER by Cynthia J. Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2014

"An inspiring tale of a young man's efforts to save his family, and himself."
In Stone's compelling follow-up to Mason's Daughter (2012), a brave young man flees home and embarks on a journey to adulthood. Read full book review >
BY MY OWN HANDS by Jude Idada
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Well-drawn characters and startling turns of phrase distinguish this soapy, suspenseful start of a trilogy."
Suicide devastates both a prosperous Canadian and a Nigerian family in this first novel from filmmaker, playwright, and short story writer Idada (A Box of Chocolates, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
'290' by Donn Wonnell
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A superb historical novel that's not just for Civil War buffs.
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In this first volume of a planned trilogy, a Southern businesswoman puts her ships to use as privateer blockade runners in the early days of the American Civil War. Read full book review >
PAPER AND INK by Mike Lubow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"Craftily built survival stories, worthy of a wide readership."
Lubow's (In a Chicago Minute, 2012, etc.) story collection skewers the world of marketing, with far-flung tales of business and geography mixed in. Read full book review >
THE TOURNAMENT by Matthew Reilly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Approach with an optimistic suspension of belief—Elizabeth I in Constantinople investigating murders, really?—and enjoy a rollicking good yarn."
Oh, to dine with Ignatius de Loyola, Michelangelo, and Roger Ascham, genius Cambridge scholar and royal tutor: the soon-to-be-queen Elizabeth did just that one fine Constantinople afternoon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >