Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
THE LAST ILLUSION by Porochista Khakpour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Plot summary fails to convey the spirit of this creative flight of fancy; farce meets disaster in a novel that illuminates what it means to be human, normal and in love."
An audaciously ambitious novel that teeters along a tightrope but never falls off. Read full book review >

THE YEAR SHE LEFT US by Kathryn Ma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Ma is a cagey writer, withholding and misdirecting at nearly every turn, which can be frustrating. Nonetheless, this is an impassioned, unapologetic look at tough, interesting subjects."
A debut novel featuring a simple plot crammed with information—factual and emotional, conflicting and unreliable. The result is complicated, like real life. Read full book review >
HYSTERICAL by Rebecca Coffey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"The humor sprinkled throughout the book seems slightly out of context with the frank discussions of Freudian theory."
Anna Freud's fictional memoirs reflect a far-from-normal upbringing. Read full book review >
THE POSSIBILITIES by Kaui Hart Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Emotionally complex and relatable to all, it will be particularly understandable to those who've experienced the inexplicable, devastating loss of a loved one."
Three months after an avalanche killed her son, a single mother takes tentative steps toward healing in Hemmings' (The Descendants, 2007, etc.) astute and sensitive examination of relationships, loss and grief. Read full book review >

BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY by Kate Racculia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Racculia's droll wit and keen understanding of human nature propel a story that's rich in distinctive characters and wholly engaging. A gem."
Racculia (This Must Be the Place, 2010) delivers an experience worth rhapsodizing about as a group of teenagers and their adult chaperones descend upon a hotel in the Catskills for a statewide music festival.  Read full book review >
NEXT LIFE MIGHT BE KINDER by Howard Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Not Norman's finest work but an intriguing attempt to complicate his usual concerns."
A man's anguish over his wife's murder—soon to be a major motion picture—blurs his grasp of reality in the latest moody, Halifax-set tale by Norman (What Is Left the Daughter, 2010; Devotion, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
MONDAY, MONDAY by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Shelly reflects that "[s]he had never come anywhere near perfection, but had come close to a rightness with herself, through her losses." So it is with this novel, which, though not quite perfect, is just right: confident and lyrical as it smartly engages terror and its aftermath."
An almost-forgotten massacre at the University of Texas propels an intergenerational tale marked by vivid moments of connection and disconnection, fear and courage.  Read full book review >
CUTTING TEETH by Julia Fierro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Capable and readable but narrowly focused, Fierro's novel, with its obvious targets, can seem like the literary equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel."
The urban-sophisticate mothers of middle-class Brooklyn come under the spotlight in a debut novel set in Eden, the not-so-paradisiacal Long Island beach house where a play group gathers to spend one transformative Labor Day weekend. Read full book review >
SUZANNE DAVIS GETS A LIFE by Paula Marantz Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Cohen is no Jane Austen, but her latest update on the Marriage Plot is a light romantic comedy featuring witty commentary on contemporary life, enriched by a funny, flawed and likable heroine."
If Jane Austen's heroines can find true love within the confines of their small English villages, why can't a single New Yorker locate Mr. Right among the residents of her large Upper West Side apartment building? Read full book review >
THE KRAKEN PROJECT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Something like E.T. roaming the Internet to save the world, complete with an empathetic kid on a bicycle."
Preston's (White Fire, 2013, etc.) third Wyman Ford adventure sends the investigator chasing after Dorothy, who happens to be an element of artificial intelligence gone rogue. Read full book review >
INSIDE MADELEINE by Paula Bomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Bitter little pills about the world through the eyes of disillusioned girls."
More gut-wrenching stories about the awkward, hurtful lives of girls from transgressive storyteller Bomer (Nine Months, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >