Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

VIRAL by Emily Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2015

"A rich collection that takes the familiar obsessions of love and loneliness and views them from uncanny angles in ways that are magical, cutting, and intensely recognizable."
Mitchell (The Last Summer of the World, 2007) offers readers 12 distinct stories that combine the mundane and the very strange to turn ordinary life inside out, examining familiar feelings through a lens of bizarre and sometimes-magical details.Read full book review >
DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"Dickens himself would be proud of Jarvis' capture of so huge a slice of life. Humane and funny, though the Heditor might have taken a sterner hand here and there."
Beguiling, entertaining novel of Dickensian England, cramming most of the island and its most interesting characters into 800 teeming pages. Read full book review >

TINY LITTLE THING by Beatriz Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won't do to protect each other."
During her husband's 1966 congressional run, Christina "Tiny" Hardcastle realizes her picture-perfect life has more than a few cracks and that maybe the time has come to be true to herself rather than to the glossy facade she has created. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"A charming novel that believes in the healing properties of fiction, romance, and a summer in the south of France."
This newly translated German bestseller is a warmhearted, occasionally sentimental account of letting go of the old loves to make room for new. Read full book review >
THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"This strangely amusing novella has the power to inspire serious efforts to find significance in the very book in which it is so perversely denied."
Forgotten tyrants and blatant belly buttons have equally playful roles in this deceptively slight, whimsically thoughtful tale of a few men in Paris not doing or saying much. Read full book review >

THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES by Sascha Arango
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"German screenwriter Arango's first novel is superior pulp, with schemers all around and plenty to say about fame, identity, and mortality."
Having become a famous author by publishing his wife's brilliant crime novels with his name on the cover, Henry Hayden creates his own devious fictions to avoid detection in a series of mysterious deaths. Read full book review >
MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE'S SORRY by Fredrik Backman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A touching, sometimes-funny, often wise portrait of grief."
A contemporary fairy tale from the whimsical author of A Man Called Ove (2014). Read full book review >
THE SANTANGELOS by Jackie Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Collins' dim view of human nature never fails to entertain."
The latest in the adventures of Collins' lady mobster with a heart of platinum, Lucky Santangelo. Read full book review >
MARGARET OF ANJOU by Conn Iggulden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Highly readable as a stand-alone novel, but those who loved Stormbird will be anticipating Iggulden's take on the mesmerizing Richard III."
In the second volume of his War of the Roses trilogy, Iggulden (Stormbird, 2014, etc.) follows beautiful young Queen Margaret as she defends the Lancaster realm against York rebels.Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY by Mia Alvar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A triumphant, singular collection deserving of every accolade it will likely receive."
In this debut collection, Filipino students, teachers, activists, maids, and chauffeurs negotiate their lives under martial law at home and seek fortune abroad in the Middle East and New York. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A wholly original, engrossing, disturbing, and beautiful book. You've never read anything quite like this, and you won't soon forget it."
A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge from debut novelist Hawkins. Read full book review >
THE GOVERNOR'S WIFE by Michael Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Harvey makes political corruption personal: this isn't a story of anonymous millions being shuffled between various offshore accounts. The consequence of every decision in Kelly's gritty world bleeds."
A seasoned PI tackles Chicago corruption head-on when he's hired to look into the disappearance of a popular but dirty governor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
June 30, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >