Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE BALLAD OF A SMALL PLAYER by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Osborne masterfully recreates the atmosphere of casinos as well as the psychology of baccarat players—and leaves readers eager to try their luck at the game."
The titular "small player" of Osborne's (The Forgiven, 2012, etc.) new novel gambles at the casinos in and around Macau—and exclusively plays the high stakes game of baccarat. Read full book review >
THE LIE by Helen Dunmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Dunmore's crystalline prose is almost too good; the pain she describes is often unbearable to read, yet the emotional power resonates, and Daniel is impossible to forget."
Orange Prize winner (A Spell of Winter, 2001) Dunmore, whose prolific output ranges from grim realism (The Siege, 2002) to spellbinding fantasy (The Greatcoat, 2012), offers the heartbreaking internal struggle of a young soldier adjusting to life at home after World War I. Read full book review >

THE FRANGIPANI HOTEL by Violet Kupersmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"At her best, Kupersmith writes lyrically haunting tales; she's a writer to watch."
In Kupersmith's debut collection, old men shape-shift into serpents, ghostly women lap at bath water, mute twins frighten their own father, a deathly ill man hungers to hear his driver's story, and all have a price to pay. Read full book review >
OFF COURSE by Michelle Huneven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Sensitive, reflective and uncomfortably true to life, with a wonderfully rich cast of supporting characters."
An extended, excruciating romance with a married man derails a California graduate student in Huneven's latest (Blame, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
GOING OVER by Beth Kephart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"While this gripping effort captures the full flavor of a trying time in an onerous place, many readers will find it hard going. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Life in the grim shadow of the Berlin Wall is vividly reflected in Kephart's moving exploration in two voices. Read full book review >

AND THE DARK SACRED NIGHT by Julia Glass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Why Daphne keeps her secret in the 21st century is hard to fathom, and it's just one of the creaking contrivances that fans of Glass' empowering tear-jerkers will have to overlook."
An unemployed former art history professor searches for his birth father's identity in the newest from Glass (The Widower's Tale, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
YOUR CONSTANT STAR by Brenda Hasiuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A superb novel from a rising Canadian literary star, best for adult and mature crossover readers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Pregnancy, adoption and parenting decisions past and present link—and haunt—a Chinese-Canadian adoptee, her now-pregnant former friend and the biological father-to-be. Read full book review >
SEDITION by Katharine Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

""Girls shouldn't be puppets," asserts this cleverly seductive romp, which conceals, beneath its witty surface, some very dark comments on fathers and daughters."
The grooming of five young Englishwomen for the marriage market goes wildly off the rails in a debut that, although Austen-ish in outline, takes some surprisingly saucy turns. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE by Jude Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A tour de force."
Morgan (A Little Folly, 2013, etc.) draws restless young Will Shakespeare as he resists being trapped in apprenticeship to his glove-maker father. Read full book review >
VIVIANE by Julia Deck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"At one point, even the baby is "trying to solve the mystery of causes and consequences," which puzzled readers will immediately find relatable."
This debut by a French novelist puts a mystery inside a narrative puzzle. Read full book review >
UNDER COLD STONE by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"The glorious scenery of British Columbia upstages Delany's regular cast in this plausible tale."
A chief constable's son is wanted for murder in the new procedural from Delany (A Cold White Sun, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MIRACLE THIEF by Iris Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance will find this a worthwhile journey."
Three women seek answers to their prayers at Rochemont Abbey, in this appealing novel set in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >