Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

FICTION & LITERATURE

"Child-friendly homilies and homegrown art designed to inspire thoughtful conversation."
A colorfully illustrated book of advice that invites introspection. Read full book review >
THE OATH OF THE FATHER by C.J. Adrien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Steeped in period detail and political backbiting in a richly imagined world, but needs a more engaging narrative."
An epic fictional Norse saga set in the ninth century, featuring royalty, repressed love, battles, and the raw appeal of untrammeled nature. Read full book review >

Biddy Debeau Rides for His Life by Dan G. Hilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2014

"An energetic, lyrical tale of debauchery and circumspection."
Hilton's debut novel follows the drug-fueled adventures of a man and his motorcycle. Read full book review >
EVER SO NEAR by Kay Westfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An often engaging romance, but one that lulls rather than ignites."
Westfield's debut novel centers on a woman's nostalgic recollection of love. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE BROTHER by Victoria Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Those who gobble up social issues novels will enjoy as long as they don't expect fresh psychological insights."
Patterson (The Peerless Four, 2013, etc.) writes about two brothers, one sensitive and decent and the other not so much.Read full book review >

BRIGHT LINES by Tanwi Nandini Islam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Though Ella emerges as the most changed character, this is more than her story—it's a transcontinental, transgenerational tale of a family and its secrets."
This debut novel opens in Brooklyn, where Anwar and Hashi Saleem have raised their beautiful, rebellious daughter, Charu, and their quiet, boyish niece, Ella, as sisters after Ella's parents were murdered in Bangladesh. Read full book review >
THE SCAMP by Jennifer Pashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family's secrets and a girl's determination to take control after a childhood 'that rips you apart so your insides are one big scar.'"
A chance meeting at a bar draws a young woman into an investigation that unexpectedly brings her answers about her long-lost cousin. Read full book review >
THE COOK, THE CROOK, AND THE REAL ESTATE TYCOON by Liu Zhenyun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Liu's fiction is a romp through modern Beijing that pits migrant workers from the provinces against billionaires and officials, making a wry statement about modern China and a thoroughly entertaining book."
Capitalism in contemporary China is the background to a nonstop hunt by migrant workers, a billionaire, and government officials—for a purse. Read full book review >
WHIRLIGIG by Magnus Macintyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Slight, light entertainment."
An irresistible business opportunity lures solitary, unhealthy Gordon Claypole back to the Scottish landscape of his childhood holidays to be challenged by sexual attraction and the possibility of a new way of living. Read full book review >
THE MADAGASKAR PLAN by Guy Saville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Sophisticated alternative history drenched in relentless R-rated violence."
Set against a world dominated by an undefeated Third Reich, the Freudian blood feud between mercenary Burton Cole and Oberstgruppenführer Walter Hochburg rages into Madagascar.Read full book review >
THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD by Matthew Salesses
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"What carries us through the novel is Salesses' gift for language: here is a meditative, poetic, modern fable crafted in haunting bursts of impressionistic prose."
After Tee, an American college student taking a semester off in Prague, is attacked during a citywide flood, his father arrives and returns him to Massachusetts to recover. Read full book review >
BARBARA THE SLUT by Lauren Holmes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A first-rate first collection from a young writer you'll want to hear more from."
This sharp, sensitive debut story collection introduces us to a parade of people (and one dog) grasping their ways through complex relationships with family, friends, lovers, strangers, and, of course, themselves. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >