Category Archives: Literary Fiction

Review: The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach

Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Algonquin Books (October 14, 2014) ISBN: 9781616203313 Source: Personal copy When Eric, a small town lawyer in Maine, hears a prediction for a “storm of the century,” he closes his office early and heads to the grocery store to stock up on supplies. There he comes across Danielle, young woman unable to cover […]

Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Knopf (September 9, 2014) ISBN: 9780385353304 Source: Publisher   A famous stage actor, Arthur Leander, dies of a heart attack on stage. A former paparazzi, now EMT, leaps to the stage in an attempt to save him. From the sidelines, young Kirsten Raymonde watches as the life drains from the body […]

Review: The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson

Series: Josephine Tey Mysteries Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Bourbon Street Books (June 10, 2014) ISBN-13: 978-0062195456 Source: Publisher Josephine Tey, a well known British mystery author, learns she has inherited a cottage from a godmother she knew very little about. Her godmother, Hester Larkspur, was an actress and good friend to Josephine’s mother. Hester’s message […]

Review: A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Harper (June 3, 2014) ISBN-10: 0062287877 Source: Publisher Slava Gelman is a lapsed Jew working for Century, an esteemed magazine in Manhattan. He’s exiled himself from his family in an attempt to shed the history and past that may tarnish the aristocratic-style writing demanded of him by Century. Yet when he […]

Review: The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (February 25, 2014) ISBN-10: 1250038944 Source: Publisher Being a headmaster is in Arthur Winthrop’s genes. Like his father before him, he serves as the headmaster of Lancaster School, an elite private school in Vermont.  Lancaster School is his life; he grew up there, went to school there, and […]

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Crown (February 11, 2014) ISBN-10: 0804139024 Source: Publisher Mark Watney is one of several astronauts making up the crew of the Ares 3 mission to Mars. Just days into their mission, the Acidalia region is hit by a dust storm. Believed to be killed during the storm, Mark is left…alone…on Mars.  […]

Review: What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Harper (January 7, 2014) ISBN-10: 0062237845 Source: Publisher Olivia Reed didn’t have the most stable of childhoods. Her older sisters, twins, were stillborns who died a year before Olivia was born and are forever memorialized by her mother, Myla, a bipolar psychic. One of Olivia’s many tasks around their home is […]

Review: Adé: A Love Story by Rebecca Walker

Hardcover: 128 pages Publisher: Little A / New Harvest (October 29, 2013) ISBN-10: 054414922X Source: Publisher A nineteen-year-old college student and her friend, Miriam,  embark on a trip to Africa. The unnamed narrator’s life is forever altered upon arriving in Egypt, feeling as though she is finally home. With almond-shaped eyes and dark skin, she’s […]

Review: The Returned by Jason Mott

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (August 27, 2013) ISBN-10: 0778315339 Source: Publisher In 1966, Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s son died at his eighth birthday party. Now in their seventies, their lives have resumed without him, filled with loss and regret.  Then the dead begin to return, not as zombie-like version of their previous selves […]

Review: The Exiles by Allison Lynn

Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Little A / New Harvest (July 2, 2013) ISBN-10: 054410210X Source: Publisher After realizing their Manhattan lifestyle was far more than they could afford, Nate Bedecker, Emily Latham, and their ten-month-old son Trevor, leave the city and head to Newport, Rhode Island.  Nate was “the only pauper on Wall Street” and […]