Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

IN THE SKIN OF A MONSTER by Kathryn Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A highly original, richly layered debut that will reward patient readers. (Paranormal fiction. 14 & up)"
A white teenage girl finds herself caught in a nightmare version of her own world in this affecting Australian debut. Read full book review >
NOVELS, TALES, JOURNEYS by Alexander Pushkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"A long overdue collection that speaks truly and well to Pushkin's brilliance as a prose stylist as well as observer of the world."
Superb gathering of writings by the short-lived author Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), best known as a poet—but, argues translator Pevear, also "the true originator of Russian prose." Read full book review >

WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A terrific read by a stellar author."
When her stepsister disappears, Charlotte teams up with a private investigator to find her only to discover years' worth of deception and secrets. Read full book review >
WILD AT WHISKEY CREEK by Julie Anne Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A splendid, delectable romance."
Glory Greenleaf has big dreams and a penchant for drama, while Deputy Sheriff Eli Barlow believes in law, order, and Glory's incandescent talent, so when their soul-scorching attraction interferes with her big break, Eli realizes he may love her too much to hold on to her. Read full book review >
THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR by Kate Noble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Not to be missed."
An amateur horticulturalist from Lincolnshire travels to London to show off her hybrid roses—and to visit a handsome doctor who has been writing her letters. Read full book review >

CONCLAVE by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An illuminating read for anyone interested in the inner workings of the Catholic Church; for prelate-fiction superfans, it is pure temptation."
Harris, creator of grand, symphonic thrillers from Fatherland (1992) to An Officer and a Spy (2014), scores with a chamber piece of a novel set in the Vatican in the days after a fictional pope dies. Read full book review >
The Dead of August by Panayotis  Cacoyannis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"A sophisticated, comic novel that brilliantly captures the triumph and folly of art, media, and publishing."
A London obituary writer is called to the home of a reclusive artist with a mysterious agenda in Cacoyannis' debut novel. Read full book review >
THE MUSEUM AT THE END OF THE WORLD by John Metcalf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Metcalf applies wit, humor, and fine writing to themes of friendship, culture, commitment, and integrity—and all the petty things in life that seek to quash them. This is a book that could restore anyone's faith in the pleasure of reading."
These four related fictions follow a British boy's coming-of-age and his older self enduring a world that rarely lives up to his standards. Read full book review >
THE NERDY AND THE DIRTY by B.T. Gottfred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A truly beautiful story about passionately falling in love with another and learning to love and share your true self. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Benedict Pendleton and Penelope Lupo are the unlikeliest of unlikely high school couples. Read full book review >
SWING TIME by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Moving, funny, and grave, this novel parses race and global politics with Fred Astaire's or Michael Jackson's grace."
A keen, controlled novel about dance and blackness steps onto a stage of cultural land mines. Read full book review >
THE DISPOSSESSED by Szilard Borbely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An exquisite addition to any library of the dark, the bleak, and the absurd, Borbély's inauguration into English is a magnificent one."
In his first and only novel, Borbély describes growing up in a remote village in northeastern Hungary. Read full book review >
THESE ARE THE NAMES by Tommy Wieringa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A magnum opus from a leading young writer takes on the meaning of exile, identity, faith, and the limits of endurance."
While one man struggles with his origins, a ragged group of wanderers walks across the steppe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >