Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE SPACE BETWEEN by Jenn Crowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2017

"An offbeat but overlong story of a romantic relationship."
In Crowell's (Etched on Me, 2014, etc.) novel, two long-distance friends admit their love for each other without fully considering the psychological consequences.Read full book review >
MAKE ME DO THINGS by Victoria Redel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Redel writes with wit and with a great understanding of the vagaries of adult relationships."
Eleven stories of love, loss and relationships gone awry. Read full book review >

BEDEVILED SEA by Jerry Earl Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2015

"A clever, sprightly tale, whether it's set in, atop, or near the ocean."
In Brown's (Snowmen, 1991, etc.) thriller, a man who can envision the locations of shipwrecks searches for treasure while dealing with Russians and an oil tycoon. Read full book review >
SPY CAR AND OTHER POEMS by Lynne Handy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"A book that takes old words, spruces them up, and puts them out on the highway again."
If poetry is a car, this debut collection hums and purrs like an expertly tuned machine. Read full book review >
THE GENERAL’S WOMEN by Susan Wittig Albert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A genuinely involving example of that rarest of birds: first-rate historical fiction about Eisenhower."
A work focuses on Dwight D. Eisenhower, his wartime mistress, and his wife. Read full book review >

THE FROST KING by G.J.D. Reyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2014

"A dark, sometimes-insightful tale that mixes time-tested fantasy elements."
In this medieval-fantasy debut, an abused teenager finds refuge in a kingdom that holds secrets about her own destiny. Read full book review >
WORDS OF A FEATHER by J.F.W. Ndikum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"Poems from a physician that glide and gleam."
A doctor moonlighting as a verse-maker delivers a debut collection of poetry. Read full book review >
The Hampshire Project by Kitty Beer
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A view of the possible results of unbridled corporatism that is both unsettling and empowering. ?"
A dystopian sci-fi novel imagines a future New England crippled by pollution and under the control of ruthless corporate patriarchs. Read full book review >
ZARG by Sam Muldoon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Insistent poetry that demands our attention—and gets it."
Muldoon's debut is years in the making, and it feels like a veteran effort. Read full book review >
CITY OF MIRACLES by Robert Jackson Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Dark and violent but a tale well spun and with a most satisfying conclusion. Just stay out of the way of the flying fickle Finger of Kolkan…."
Ashara Komayd is dead. Or is she? Anyway, hells, yes, Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is ticked off, as he so often is in Bennett's sound-and-fury trilogy. Read full book review >
WOLF HUNT by Ivailo Petrov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A bulky, at times forbiddingly dour ground-level journey into Soviet-era deceits."
An epic study of one Bulgarian village's travails during World War II and under Communist rule. Read full book review >
THE REEF by Juan Villoro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A zesty tale that balances darkness and light with aplomb."
A powerful morality tale with laughs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >