Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A brilliant work."
Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity. Read full book review >
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Another daring, razor-sharp novel from a writer with talent to burn."
The provocative author of The White Boy Shuffle (1996) and Slumberland (2008) is back with his most penetratingly satirical novel yet.Read full book review >

ACT OF GOD by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"This absorbing novel about a luminescent fungus affixes itself to your psyche like a spore and quickly spreads to your heart, setting everything in its wake aglow."
Humanity, warmth and wry humor light up Ciment's (Heroic Measures, 2009, etc.) noirish novel about a phosphorescent toxic mold that blooms in a Brooklyn townhouse, circa 2015, and barrels through the lives of two 60-something identical twin sisters and their neighbors, changing everything it touches.Read full book review >
THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Lovely: a fairy tale for grown-ups, both partaking in and departing from a rich literary tradition."
A lyrical, allusive (and elusive) voyage into the mists of British folklore by renowned novelist Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Mesmerizing. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Encounters both dangerous and wonder-filled with fellow travelers prompt 16-year-old runaway Mim to scrutinize her perceptions about herself, her family and the world she inhabits. Read full book review >

CROW FAIR by Thomas McGuane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A slyly cutting batch of tales from a contemporary master."
Seventeen stories, straightforward but well-crafted, that cement McGuane's reputation as the finest short story writer of Big Sky country—and, at his best, beyond. Read full book review >
THE DEAD I KNOW by Scot Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Simply told and powerfully moving. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A taciturn teen finds solace as a funeral director-in-training. Read full book review >
EPITAPH by Mary Doria Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Despite all that has been written and filmed about Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, Russell's pointedly anti-epic anti-romance is so epic and romantic that it whets the reader's appetite for more."
Russell follows up her fictional portrait of Doc Holliday (Doc, 2011) with this fictional deconstruction of the shootout at the O.K. Corral.Read full book review >
THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Exhilarating and indicting. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Less Than Zero (1985) meets Catcher in the Rye (1951) in this biting bildungsroman.Read full book review >
THE ILLUMINATIONS by Andrew O'Hagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"It's remarkable how much human territory O'Hagan explores and illuminates with a restrained style that also helps drive the novel along at a good clip."
The Scottish author's fifth novel (The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his friend Marilyn Monroe, 2010, etc.) is a lean yet rich family story built of small and crucial moments in memories and reality across three generations. Read full book review >
AN EXAGGERATED MURDER by Josh Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A beautifully written postmodern novel of deduction that merrily, wittily blows up its genre's conventions while at the same time re-energizing possibilities for the 21st-century detective story."
Three things to keep in mind about this book: Travel is far more enriching than arrival, detectives are essentially professional critics, and always be very careful when you decide to quit smoking. Read full book review >
AQUARIUM by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Vann's novels are striking, uncompromising portraits of American life; here is another exceptional example."
Vann, whose remarkable novels evoke worlds where violence and revenge seem the inevitable outcome of human relationships, offers here a kind of modern fairy tale, one laced with treachery and trials and the greatest demon of all to battle, the past. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >