Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD by Leah Hager Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2014

"Cohen is finely attuned to family dynamics here, both the quiet inner workings of Ava's successful marriage and her genuine bewilderment about Fred's fall from grace."
A brother and sister with unconventional childhoods grow into adulthood, with predictably quirky results. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR WEDNESDAY by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2014

"French's darkly ambitious tale piles on the complications until you beg for mercy. Hard-core fans of detective work as a vehicle for revealing the depths of the human soul will find it irresistible."
The murder of an inoffensive home health visitor is only the tip of the iceberg in London psychologist Frieda Klein's third case—and a very chilly iceberg it is, too. Read full book review >

WORST. PERSON. EVER. by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2014

"Did we need transgressive fiction offered as arch comedy? It's a bit like Irvine Welsh writing a sitcom."
A secondary-unit camera operator is recruited by a production company to help film a reality TV show on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. Guess what? He's not a very nice person. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF THE LAMB by Robert Harley Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A stimulating story that challenges readers to consider and appreciate the coming-of-age a young Jesus may have gone through."
An adolescent Jesus develops his divine nature in Bear's debut religious fiction. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ROMANTIC by Ward Just
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another brilliant novel from Just: wise, introspective and full of humanity."
The latest from Just (Rodin's Debutante, 2010, etc.) considers the toll that a life lived upon the great stage of international politics can take on a man of substance. Read full book review >

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 >