Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

BE SAFE I LOVE YOU by Cara Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Hoffman weaves an intricate plot, but a tendency to overwrite shadows her story, leaving the reader to make a complicated literary journey that, for some, may not be worth the effort."
Hoffman's (So Much Pretty, 2011) latest novel centers on a female soldier who comes home to a reality in which she feels alienated and out of sync. Read full book review >
HIGH CRIME AREA by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Oates' mastery of imagery and stream of consciousness enhances the gritty settings and the frailties of her grotesque and pitiable subjects."
From Oates (Carthage, 2014, etc.) comes this collection of eight stories, seven previously published, that explore the depths of human despair and cruelty. Read full book review >

THE IDEA OF HIM by Holly Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not every idea's a good one."
New York Times best-seller Peterson (The Manny, 2007) presents the tale of a PR executive who experiences a wake-up call when a mysterious woman challenges her to face reality and rearrange her priorities. Read full book review >
THE WHISKEY BARON by Jon Sealy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though it could use a better title, this is a near-flawless effort by a writer to watch."
Sealy's stunning debut novel is a potent mashup of noir, Southern fiction and period novel, set in South Carolina during Prohibition. Read full book review >
FESTIVAL IN PRIOR'S FORD by Evelyn  Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Fans of the series (Return to Prior's Ford, 2013, etc.), who won't object to the slow pace, will be happy to learn more about the denizens of the seemingly placid village as they sip a cup of tea and enjoy a biscuit while they read."
More secrets lurk beneath the surface of the sleepy Scottish village of Prior's Ford. Read full book review >

THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS by Kevin P. Keating
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"That's a rare philosophical observation in an overwrought work that puts sensationalism ahead of vision."
Star quarterback, apostate priest, CEO, whore. They're a motley crew with a common fate in store: humiliation. Read full book review >
HIDDEN by Catherine McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readable and forgettable."
An accidental death leads to secrets revealed and second thoughts expressed in McKenzie's latest (Forgotten, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MARRYING OF CHANI KAUFMAN by Eve Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A readable, compassionate portrait of roles, especially women's, in a Haredi community that only occasionally strays into stereotype."
Not just love and tradition, but rules and expectations shape the relationships of two couples from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, in a British novelist's engaging debut. Read full book review >
A PRIVATE VENUS by Giorgio Scerbanenco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"The first volume in Scerbanenco's Milano Quartet is a blast from the past, a sleek, stripped-down reminder of the fast, brutal days of Continental noir. Sensitive souls will notice that the author's attitude toward the LGBT community has dated in more glaring ways."
A disgraced doctor's ticket to redemption requires him to rescue a young man even more lost than he is in this slice of noir first served in Italy in 1966 and finally translated into English. Read full book review >
WHEN THE CYPRESS WHISPERS by Yvette Manessis Corporon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Despite Corporon's obvious love of Greece, her manipulative storytelling is exasperating."
A stressed-out Greek-American restaurant owner visits her grandmother on a Greek island seemingly untouched by time (or Greece's economic crisis) in this romantic tribute to her own roots by debut novelist Corporon, a producer of the syndicated TV show Extra. Read full book review >
CAVENDON HALL by Barbara Taylor Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not even the Great War can jar this novel out of its stalwart complacency."
Life—and melodrama—upstairs and downstairs at a Yorkshire stately home, as World War I nears. Read full book review >
SOLSBURY HILL by Susan M. Wyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A preposterous but at moments oddly beguiling love story blessed with very good shabby-chic taste."
" 'Tis wutherin' weather," comments the implausible manservant in Wyler's debut, giving the reader fair warning of this wispy, occasionally farcical reinterpretation of the Brontë family legend and classic. Read full book review >