Indie Book Reviews (page 592)

ONCE AGAIN LOVE by Sarita Mathur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2013

"An undeniably positive collection hampered by overexplanation."
A debutcollection of poetry and prose that blends a straightforward memoir with a motivational treatise. Read full book review >
THREE FOR SHIP by Crispus Knight
Released: July 30, 2013

"Colorful and adeptly written, though it gives off harsh vibes of immaturity."
A former Dartmouth student reflects on his 10-years-past college career devoted to playing drinking games. Read full book review >

Black Irish White Jamaican by Niamh O'Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2013

"This memoir zips along and is as much about the personal difficulties faced by a midcentury homemaker as it is about the island that became her home."
A memoir about the life of Irish immigrants in Jamaica from the 1950s to the 1980s. Read full book review >
ABCDEEG by John Holton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 2013

"The readable, touching story of one family's struggle and ultimate triumph."
A father gives an honest account of raising his severely disabled son and the tolls it took on his family. Read full book review >
NEW YEAR ISLAND by Paul Draker
THRILLERS
Released: July 29, 2013

"A twisty, engaging thriller featuring well-developed characters."
A reality show becomes a test of survival for 10 strangers stranded on a small island in Draker's debut thriller. Read full book review >

SAVING CIVILIZATION by Jeb Taylor
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: July 29, 2013

"A fiery, well-argued plea for social change."
A dissection of civilization from the advent of farming to the present day. Read full book review >
FROM A KILLER'S MIND by Jason Helford
Released: July 29, 2013

"A violent, disturbing thriller."
A psychological novel that takes readers inside the mind of a serial killer. Read full book review >
U-9 by Jim Thesing
THRILLERS
Released: July 29, 2013

"A thoroughly researched submarine novel that sails along smoothly despite underdeveloped characters."
In Thesing's debut historical thriller, a British lieutenant finds himself submerged in a World War I naval battle. Read full book review >
BARNATO'S BODYGUARD by Denis De Luchi
Released: July 29, 2013

"The prolonged life of this enigmatic protagonist makes for a riveting tale."
A Scot with a longer-than-average life span takes a job as a bodyguard and a protector of a diamond-mining business in De Luchi's adventure novel (Maxwell's Demons, 2013, etc.), the second in a series. Read full book review >
TRANSGRESSIONS AND OTHER STORIES by Hilary Orbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 29, 2013

"A skillful collection of stories featuring beguiling plots and characters."
A moving debut collection of stories about the underside of ordinary relationships. Read full book review >
A TEXAN GOES TO NIRVANA by Kelly Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 29, 2013

"A fast mystery that benefits from the author's comedic tilt."
Debut novelist Jackson tells the story of a world-weary Texan woman at a yoga ashram in this comic thriller. Read full book review >
RED EMERALD by Dominique Merz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2013

"A compelling tale plagued by awkward prose."
A retired Swiss advertising exec is hired to inspect a wealthy banker's mining outfit in Merz's debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >