Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR by Joshua Ferris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Strangely astray in The Unnamed, Ferris is back on track here. Smart, sad, hilarious and eloquent, this shows a writer at the top of his game and surpassing the promise of his celebrated debut."
A bizarre case of identity theft forces a dentist to question his beliefs in this funny, thought-provoking return to form by Ferris (The Unnamed, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
AMERICAN INNOVATIONS by Rivka Galchen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Galchen's stories feel remarkably believable, despite their suggestion of alternate worlds and lives. This is a collection to read and keep on the bookshelf. It will stand the test of time."
In this story collection—which follows her debut novel, the well-received Atmospheric Disturbances (2008)—Galchen, one of the New Yorker's 20 Under 40, continues to plumb the unbelievable and unknowable mysteries of existence. Read full book review >

INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A fascinating portrayal of a young woman coming to terms with her heritage while negotiating an unknown world."
Journalist Dahl's debut novel escorts readers into the closed-off world of Hasidic Jews in the aftermath of a homicide. Read full book review >
A REASON TO LOVE by Alexis Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Morgan maintains her winning combination of small-town tenderness and sexy, wounded heroes."
Everyone thinks soldier Spencer Lang died in action, so when he comes home the day his best friend is marrying the girl of his dreams, things get complicated. Read full book review >
I'M GONE by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"French writer Echenoz brings a revised edition of his 1999 novel to American readers with an introduction by Lily Tuck. The translation by Polizzotti is elegant, emphasizing the book's wry humor with economical emphasis. This novel is a quick read and a true jewel."
A mystery that doubles as a sly work of serious literature. Read full book review >

THE THREE EMPERORS by William Dietrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"The latest rousing adventure from Dietrich (The Barbed Crown, 2013, etc.) shows antihero Ethan Gage, his exotic wife and a varied cast of characters grappling with an especially tumultuous historical period."
An American adventurer and his Egyptian wife join the search for a fabled object. Read full book review >
SUDDENLY, LOVE by Aharon Appelfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Appelfeld writes simply but gorgeously about important things, and the translation is particularly graceful and supple."
A quiet, moving and utterly convincing story about the growing love between an aging author and his companion. Read full book review >
CATCHING AIR by Sarah Pekkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A likable, if lesser, effort from Pekkanen."
Pekkanen, having written a number of popular, character-driven novels, returns to comfortable terrain by focusing on two couples running a Vermont bed-and-breakfast. Read full book review >
HARLEQUIN'S MILLIONS by Bohumil Hrabal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"An enchanting novel, full of life, about the end of life."
The late Czech novelist, both banned and renowned in his homeland, offers a uniquely compelling blend of parable, fantasy, social realism and testament to the power of storytelling. Read full book review >
TIME PRESENT AND TIME PAST by Deirdre Madden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Almost poetic in its control and well-chosen details, this novel finds the universal and the unique in a deceptively unassuming look at one family."
Three generations of an Irish family confront key moments of the past in this eloquent, understated novella. Read full book review >
A SOUTHERN GIRL by John Warley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2014

"Although manipulatively written, with a heavy-handed plot and a cast of noble Asians, Warley's story offers a surprisingly nuanced take on political correctness."
Under pressure from his liberal wife, a member of Charleston society reluctantly adopts a baby girl from Korea in this novel by Southerner Warley (The Moralist, 2011, etc.), himself the father of a daughter born in Korea. Read full book review >
THE BOY IN HIS WINTER by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"The philosophical and literary musings are inventive, and Lock manages to make the combination of brevity and tall-tale looseness mostly work. But for all its charms, the book ultimately seems pretty diffuse."
The latest from distinguished elder statesman Lock, winner of the Aga Khan Prize from the Paris Review, is an eclectic hybrid of literary appropriation, Zelig-like historical narrative, time-travel tale and old-style picaresque. Read full book review >