Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE RECONSTRUCTION by Rein Raud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"A disturbing and heartbreaking novel that deserves a wide audience."
A subtle, heart-rending Estonian novel about a father in the last few months of his life trying to reconstruct the circumstances of his daughter's suicide. Read full book review >
NO HARM DONE by Jean McGarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"McGarry at her best pushes the envelope just past realism in a way that can be comic, creepy, and poignant, putting her in the school of Lorrie Moore and George Saunders."
Short stories dominated by postwar Irish-American families and marked by an entertainingly strange sensibility. Read full book review >

MAD COUNTRY by Samrat Upadhyay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Brilliant but accessible gems of short fiction."
Seven stories and a novella by a Nepali author who explores universal themes of envy, racism, political power, and disappointment in love with subtle and persuasive power. Read full book review >
A GRACE PALEY READER by Grace Paley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Think of the pieces here as a series of scale models that together encapsulate Paley's generous sensibility."
Has there ever been an author like Paley? Read full book review >
ALL THE BELOVED GHOSTS by Alison MacLeod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A uniquely cohesive collection of short examinations of aging, death, and living, these stories are subtly moving and thoroughly engaging."
MacLeod, who was born in Montreal and lives in Britain, merges fact and fiction in her new collection of short stories, her first book to be published in the U.S. since her debut novel, The Changeling (1996). Read full book review >

THE THING ABOUT LOVE by Julie James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"James' star shines even brighter with this smart, sparkling winner."
Two FBI agents who had a rocky relationship at the FBI Academy are paired in an undercover operation, forcing them to re-evaluate their first impressions, work as a team, and maybe find true love. Read full book review >
SPOILS by Brian Van Reet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A fine piece of writing that should stand in the front ranks of recent war novels."
In a strong debut, an Iraq War veteran tells the before and after for both sides of a brief firefight in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Read full book review >
MY CAT YUGOSLAVIA by Pajtim Statovci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Allegorical but matter-of-fact: a fine debut, layered with meaning and shades of sorrow."
Winner of Finland's highest literary honor for best debut novel, an elegant, allegorical portrait of lives lived at the margin, minorities within minorities in a new land. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN LEGEND by Nadeem Aslam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Brooding and beautiful: a mature, assured story of the fragility of the world and of ourselves."
"This world is the last thing God will ever tell us": an aching, lyrical story of schisms and secrets in present-day Pakistan. Read full book review >
A FEVER OF THE BLOOD by Oscar de Muriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"More fun than a plateful of haggis: a delightful read."
In 1889, Lord Joel Ardglass escapes from Edinburgh's lunatic asylum. He is known informally as Lord Bampot, which is Scottish slang for idiot. Read full book review >
REMAINS OF LIFE by Wu He
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brilliant but immensely challenging work, of great interest to students of contemporary Asian fiction—and of the literature of atrocity and remembrance as well."
"A massacre involves a fundamental betrayal of life by life itself": searing experimental novel by the pseudonymous Taiwanese writer Wu He. Read full book review >
CAVE DWELLERS by Richard Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"To the shelves groaning with countless Adolf-addled efforts, this is an understated, entertaining addition."
Awkward spies, a helpful bad guy, and a love of the German countryside mark this exceptional period thriller focused on homegrown opposition to Hitler. 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 >