Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE BOOK OF YOU by Claire Kendal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Nicely written novel with a plot that will strain reader credulity."
The victim of a relentless stalker looks for a way out in Kendal's debut novel. Read full book review >
VALOUR AND VANITY by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Combining history, magic and adventure, the book balances emotional depth with buoyant storytelling."
Renowned glamourists Lord and Lady Vincent become the victims of an elaborate scam that leaves them in dire straits until they conceive of a daring strategy to strike back. Read full book review >

ALL THE RAGE by A.L. Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Sometimes love is not all you need. Oh well, whatever, never mind."
The inner lives of Londoners are revealed bit by tantalizing bit in this ethereal collection by Scottish novelist Kennedy (Creative Writing/Univ. of Warwick; The Blue Book, 2013, etc.) Read full book review >
LIVE TO SEE TOMORROW by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"High on action and sensuality but with questionable plausibility."
A female CIA superagent must protect her son, rescue a humanitarian journalist and defeat a shadowy crime kingpin. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO SAVED THE KING OF SWEDEN by Jonas Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Definitely not a book for sourpusses. The rest of the world will chuckle all the way through it."
A funny and completely implausible farce about a woman, a bomb and a man's frustrated ambition to overthrow the king of Sweden. Read full book review >

WITH MY DOG EYES by Hilda Hilst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Memorable and very strange: Latin American magical realism taken far beyond the bounds of the genre's usual whimsy and pushed into the territory of nightmares."
A slender, surrealism-tinged tale of fear, loathing and transformation, the third novel to be published in English translation by Brazilian writer's writer Hilst. Read full book review >
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 >