Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

TYNSET by Wolfgang Hildesheimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"An opaquely powerful work about obsession, delusion, repression, and guilt."
An insomniac's thoughts ravel out across the night. Read full book review >
DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton's chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance."
A serial killer bids for freedom with the aid of an unconventional lawyer. Read full book review >

DEATH'S END  by Cixin Liu
Kirkus Star
by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Liu's trilogy is the first major work of science fiction to come to the West out of China, and it's a masterpiece."
What if alien civilizations do exist? In this final installment of a stunning and provocative trilogy (The Dark Forest, 2015, etc.), Liu teases out the grim, unsettling implications. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD by Stephanie Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An artfully rendered meditation on marriage, home, and identity."
Charlotte, a young mother in 1960s Cambridge, England, longs for her pre-baby artist self. Read full book review >
RED TIDE by Marc Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Another stunning, self-contained yarn that firmly establishes Turner in the fantasy front ranks."
The final part of this inventive and ferocious fantasy trilogy (Dragon Hunters, 2016, etc.) deftly combines characters from both previous entries—those that are still alive, anyway, and even some that weren't. Read full book review >

REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A brisk and sophisticated study of a conscience in crisis."
A Colombian political cartoonist has second thoughts about a takedown he delivered decades earlier. Read full book review >
THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Her contemporary thriller Room (2010) made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine."
An English nurse confronts Irish history and entrenched prejudices—some of them hers—in this stinging latest from Donoghue (Frog Music, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
BLIND SIGHT  by Carol O'Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Colorful and appealing (or appalling) characters make this one a winner for crime-fic fans."
The twelfth in a series of clever crime novels featuring scary-smart Kathy Mallory (It Happens in the Dark, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely by Matthew Fogarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Energetic stories unveil limitless possibilities always within reach."
A collection offers tales populated by families, lovers, and pariahs who brave worlds both real and illusory. Read full book review >
AFTER THE DAM by Amy Hassinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Taut, beautifully written, and suspenseful, this resonant, feminist drama eschews easy answers. A page-turner of the highest caliber."
When one person's political passion conflicts with the rest of her family's desires, tensions are inevitable. Read full book review >
AUNTIE POLDI AND THE SICILIAN LIONS by Mario Giordano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Giordano's wit and his formidable heroine's wisdom combine to make this debut a smash."
An ex-pat from Munich finds love and murder in Sicily. Read full book review >
LATE STORIES by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Dixon is a master of the minor moments, the dreams and the disappointments, that transfigure every one of us."
Dixon's new collection explores the heart of an aging man's life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >