Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

LITTLE SISTER by Barbara Gowdy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"This imaginative, alluring novel from an acclaimed Canadian author unspools steadily and grippingly and may earn Gowdy many new fans stateside."
The electrifying story of a cinema owner who finds herself living another woman's life whenever it storms. Read full book review >
A GOOD COUNTRY by Laleh Khadivi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A brilliant novel about a young man's reckoning with a flawed and violent world."
An American-born son of Iranian immigrants becomes radicalized. Read full book review >

AUGUSTOWN by Kei Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Despite the novel's relative brevity, Miller captures the ways community, faith, and class create a variety of cultural microclimates."
A boy's schoolroom punishment opens a window into the roiling, mystical history of a Jamaican community. Read full book review >
INVESTIGATIONS OF A DOG by Franz Kafka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Beguiling, quirky stories perfectly in keeping with the rest of Kafka's work; often troubling but sometimes delightful."
A freshly translated collection of posthumously published work by the great master of existential angst and insectoidal transformation. Read full book review >
THE HEIRS by Susan Rieger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Just in time for poolside reading, this elegant novel wears its intelligence lightly."
After her husband's death, a Manhattan blue blood and mother of five receives a letter. Could her husband have had a secret second family? Read full book review >

THE LONG DROP by Denise Mina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A terrific exploration of crime and oppression."
Hard men work their will in 1950s Glasgow. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTIES AND FURIES by Christina Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A welcome reissue of an intriguing, atmospherically rich work."
A woman leaves her husband in London for a younger man in Paris, where the affair takes unusual turns thanks to a conniving fellow the lovers befriend in this ambitious 1936 novel. Read full book review >
THE PUZZLEHEADED GIRL by Christina Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"At shorter length, Stead reveals more clearly her gifts in tone and voice and building a scene, while her theme here puts these fictions among the Ur-texts of feminism."
The four novellas of this reissued 1967 book center on young women in the 1940s and '50s seeking to find themselves in a world looking to impose its own definitions. Read full book review >
A LITTLE TEA, A LITTLE CHAT by Christina Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Stead has created a fascinating precursor to Bellow's garrulous heroes and the little boy who takes on Wall Street in Gaddis' JR."
A sprawling character study that dissects a businessman working in Manhattan, bedding every woman he can, and talking incessantly, in this reissue of a 1948 work. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE HOTEL by Christina Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"This is an excellent place for the Stead novice to begin enjoying her artistry."
The guests of a modest hotel in postwar Switzerland reveal their unsettled lives on a ravaged continent in this reissue of a masterful 1973 work. Read full book review >
SINCE WE FELL by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"What seems at the start to be an edgy psychological mystery seamlessly transforms into a crafty, ingenious tale of murder and deception—and a deeply resonant account of one woman's effort to heal deep wounds that don't easily show."
Don't zoom through this latest entry in Lehane's illustrious body of work. You'll miss plenty of intrigue, intricacies, and emotional subtleties. Read full book review >
THE INVENTED PART by Rodrigo Fresán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An exemplary postmodern novel that is both literature and entertainment."
"Is Jell-O animal, vegetal, mineral, or interplanetary?" A tour de force from Argentinian writer Fresán, charting a course from confusion to confusion and back again. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >