Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE VALLEY / ESTAMPAS DEL VALLE by Rolando Hinojosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2014

"Acquiring full force in the context of the story cycle to which they gave birth, Estampas del Valle/The Valley are essential texts for students of borderlands and Mexican-American literature."
Reissue, in one volume, of the stories that inaugurated Hinojosa's (Creative Writing/Univ. of Texas) long-running Klail City Death Trip series. Read full book review >
SHEPHERD by Richard Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"A thoughtful memoir of rams and ewes, farmers and family, life and death."
Trading his town shoes for work boots, pasture farmer Gilbert (Writing/Otterbein Univ.) contemplates nature's works and his own efforts in his chronicle of raising sheep. Read full book review >

IN THE MIRROR by Kaira Rouda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"An absorbing story of a woman grasping at life in the midst of death."
Late-stage breast cancer is no bar to romantic intrigue in this plangent novel of hope and regret. Read full book review >
UNFINISHED STORIES OF GIRLS by Catherine Zobal Dent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"Keenly observed and lyrical, an evocative collection with emotional heft."
Dent's (English/Susquehanna Univ.) debut story collection explores the lives of a handful of characters living along Maryland's Eastern Shore. Read full book review >
WHAT HAS BECOME OF YOU by Jan Elizabeth Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"With a keen ear for the machinations of a teacher's mind, Watson (Asta in the Wings, 2009) deftly ratchets up the tension in this riveting game of cat and mouse."
Vera Lundy's had a little trouble letting go of her high school demons, so teaching 10th-grade English might not have been the wisest career choice. Read full book review >

TROIKA by Adam Pelzman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"Riveting drama and sensuous prose make for an unforgettable love story."
A stripper unwittingly becomes a sexual surrogate for a wealthy Russian immigrant and his paralyzed wife in Pelzman's beautifully rendered debut. Read full book review >
FIVE HUNDRED SIRENS by Jay Shearer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"A dispiriting ramble with two unsympathetic losers."
Baby's not a problem. It's his stay-at-home dad who can't help getting into trouble in this limp first novel. Read full book review >
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"Brock's not half as smooth as he thinks he is and not nearly witty enough to get this case airborne."
DCI Harry Brock (Make Them Pay, 2013, etc.) investigates the murder of an accountant and the disappearance of his wife. Read full book review >
FACES IN THE CROWD by Valeria Luiselli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2014

"Ultimately, a novel that is no more (or less) than words on the page."
A debut novel that never lets readers forget it's a novel, toying with them on multiple levels. Read full book review >
THE POOR MAN'S GUIDE TO SUICIDE by Andrew H. Armacost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2014

"A somber yet hopeful walk along the ledge."
Armacost (Space Bush, 2012, etc.) ruminates on the banality of life in a frank but moving novel. Read full book review >
THE LAST KIND WORDS SALOON by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2014

"Not quite in the class of Lonesome DoveThe Last Picture Show, or other top-shelf McMurtry, but still a lot of fun."
Prolific novelist and pop historian McMurtry (Custer, 2012, etc.) offers another pleasing yarn for fans of the Old West, none of whom will hanker for a trip to the dentist after reading it. Read full book review >
DELICIOUS! by Ruth Reichl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Reichl's first fictional outing is something of a curate's egg—good in parts."
Tragedy, war, fairy-tale makeover, trauma resolution, romance and—of course—food are just some of the ingredients in dining critic and celebrated memoirist Reichl's (Garlic and Sapphires, 2005, etc.) first novel, a bittersweet pudding with some lumps in the batter. Read full book review >