Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

DEBBIE DOESN'T DO IT ANYMORE by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"A well-told redemption song about the most unlikely of heroines."
A porn star experiences an epiphany of sorts in the wake of her husband's death. Read full book review >
THE FULL RIDICULOUS by Mark Lamprell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Lamprell has written a lovely coming-of-age story about a middle-aged man who hurts, despairs, heals and comes to understanding. A very funny and truthful novel."
A middle-aged husband and father endures a year of agonizing discovery in this humorous twist on the coming-of-age novel, Lamprell's debut. Read full book review >

THE TRANSCRIPTIONIST by Amy Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"An appealing attempt to wed the weird and everyday in a newsroom setting—it's a cousin to Renata Adler's Speedboat (1976)—that never quite finds solid footing."
A blind woman's suicide prompts a newspaper staffer to rethink journalism in particular—and the nature of existence in general. Read full book review >
REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS by Bret Anthony Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Johnston struggles to balance the family regrouping with the external threat, but his fine detail work augurs a bright future."
Lost and found: Years after he disappeared, a child is restored to his family in this appealing debut. Read full book review >
THE ORENDA by Joseph Boyden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"A well-researched tale that mostly strikes a shrewd balance between thinking and fighting."
Violent tribal warfare and disagreements about dogma abound in a historical epic set in 17th-century Canada. Read full book review >

BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock's The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll."
In Malerman's chilling debut, an apocalyptic reality befalls a Michigan river community—and who knows how much of the rest of civilization—in the form of creatures that cause people who merely look at them to go mad and kill themselves. Read full book review >
BONE DUST WHITE by Karin Salvalaggio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Despite a style that's much flatter than its setting, Salvalaggio's debut deftly intertwines a town without a future and citizens without hope, people in need and people who need to be needed, and a new murder that brings closure to four unsolved cases."
A fragile child-woman witnesses her long-lost mother's murder in the Montana woods behind her isolated house. Read full book review >
WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Riveting, brutal and beautifully told. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A devastating tale of greed and secrets springs from the summer that tore Cady's life apart. Read full book review >
HOT LEAD, COLD IRON by Ari Marmell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Mick's no Bogart, but he gets the job done."
Start of a new fantasy series set in mobster-era Chicago, from the author of The Conqueror's Shadow (2010, etc.). Read full book review >
JACK OF SPIES by David Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"This first installment of a proposed series by the author of the six John Russell novels (Masaryk Station, 2013, etc.) moves deliberately but colorfully, with intelligent prose and a strong period feel."
A rookie spy gets in over his head when he's forced to choose between his assignment and the dynamic woman he's fallen for. Read full book review >
SNOW IN MAY by Kseniya Melnik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Achingly beautiful, this collection signals a writer to watch."
Despite long winters and a haunting past, a remote town thrums with life. Read full book review >
BITTERSWEET by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Beverly-Whittemore (Set Me Free, 2007, etc.) has crafted a page-turner riddled with stubborn clues, a twisty plot and beguiling characters."
As a young woman struggles to read Paradise Lost, she faces her own temptation. Is she brave enough to choose good over evil? Read full book review >