Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Money Trader by Jerry  Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2013

"Brutal markets and beautiful women in a bighearted debut featuring a daring trader with tastes for luxury and getting rich quickly."
A young commodities trader rides the dizzying boom-and-bust roller coaster, wrecking his marriage, losing a fortune, and hitting rock bottom before fate tempts him with an unlikely trading tipster and the bewitching young daughter of an Ecuadoran diplomat. Read full book review >
TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"This book is good news for Hijuelos fans, but considering its flaws, it's tantalizing to think of what it would have been like if the author had managed to finish it himself."
Posthumous publication of an ambitious, atypical historical novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Read full book review >

NUMERO ZERO by Umberto Eco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"But then, to read Eco well, it helps to know about everything. Not quite as substantial as The Name of the Rose but a smart puzzle and a delight all the same."
The sun is shining, the world is spinning, and the great Italian novelist and semiotician has a new book—which means that a conspiracy theory must be afoot somewhere close by. Read full book review >
THE MARE by Mary Gaitskill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gaitskill explores the complexities of love (mares, meres…) to bring us a novel that gallops along like a bracing bareback ride on a powerful thoroughbred."
A young Dominican girl from the mean streets of Brooklyn forges a relationship with a white woman living in a bucolic upstate town and learns to love horses and respect herself. Read full book review >
THE PRIZE by Jill Bialosky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Like Edward feels upon discovering a transcendent piece of art, this book finds that little opening at the edge of your soul and seeps in."
A respected New York art dealer feels his reputation and the ideals he's lived by falling out of his grasp in this novel by celebrated poet and memoirist Bialosky (The Players, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >

Golden Hand Sessions by W. C. Hobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2015

"A mixed bag of a novel that sometimes fails to titillate."
A fictional exploration of the human id by a debut author. Read full book review >
The Flensing Knife by Elizabeth Douthart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2015

"Though it's difficult to invest in the heroine, this whaling ship narrative rights itself with meticulous research and attention to detail."
Life on a whaling ship is alternately difficult and delightful in Douthart's debut novel chiefly narrated by one captain's new wife. Read full book review >
Duo by T. K. Greenleaf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Innovative sci-fi with plenty of substance, even if it's weighed down by some confusing sequences.
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In Greenleaf's sci-fi actioner debut, a monk with special powers heads to outer space to save a colony from destruction.
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Jane Doe Overdose by Berta M.  Briones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2015

"Addiction is complex; this story is not."
A heroin addict swings from rock bottom to stable in this novella. Read full book review >
Movie Game by Michael Ebner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fast-paced, humorous novel, but one that rarely offers any critique of its protagonist's actions."
Ebner's (All the Talk Is Dead, 2009) novel tells of a cinephile's search for family, sex, and laughs, wrapped in a mystery. Read full book review >
The Devil's Way by Lamees A.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2015

"A protracted, argument-starting debate between the Devil and an advocate for humanity."
A dramatized dialogue on the nature of good and evil, conducted between a young man and the devil himself. Read full book review >
Seven Weeks to Forever by Jennifer Farwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Appealing characters and a warm, sparkly love story tinged with wish fulfillment."
In this YA paranormal romance, a teenage girl has just a few weeks to live—and now a handsome stranger needs her help or he'll die too. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >