Fiction Reviews


THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE SKY by Michael Malone is the perfect summer read! This warm Southern novel is great fun: it has a clever caper, endearing characters, great dialogue, wonderful humor and a fast-moving plot.
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ISBN: 9781402237683
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - April 1st, 2010

"There's humor and action aplenty, but Four Corners is also a warmhearted look at how we love and forgive. Five hundred and forty-four pages never seemed so short"-People, 4 stars, People Pick

ONE AMAZING THING by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Reading ONE AMAZING THING by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is like enjoying real cream in a fresh cup of coffee--comfortable and satisfying. This author is a fantastic storyteller. She does so through the mindset of seven diverse characters who are unexpectedly thrown together in a crisis situation. As the dynamics of interpersonal relations play out we learn one amazing story told by each.
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ISBN: 9781401341589
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Published: Hyperion Books - December 21st, 2010

An acclaimed novel by the author of The Mistress of Spices, and Before We Visit the Goddess. Jhumpa Lahiri praises: "One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures; what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room."

SCHOOL FOR LOVE by Olivia Manning

If you haven’t made the acquaintance of Olivia Manning and her fabulous BALKAN TRIOLOGY and LEVANT TRIOLOGY written abut an English couple caught in Romania and Greece and then Egypt during WWII, I highly recommend them. They were recently reprinted in a single volume. Another of Manning’s books, SCHOOL FOR LOVE has been recently reprinted by New York Review Books.
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ISBN: 9781590173039
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Published: New York Review of Books - February 3rd, 2009

Jerusalem in 1945 is a city in flux: refugees from the war in Europe fill its streets and caf's, the British colonial mandate is coming to an end, and tensions are on the rise between the Arab and Jewish populations. Felix Latimer, a recently orphaned teenager, arrives in Jerusalem from Baghdad, biding time until he can secure passage to England.

FEVER CRUMB by Philip Reeve

Fever Crumb is a great character in a tough spot. In the London of the future, she’s one of the last remaining members of a sub-species of people the rest of the population had hoped they’d exterminated. An orphan with a mysterious scar on the back of her head, Fever has been raised in secret among the member of the Order of Engineers.
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ISBN: 9780545222150
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2011

A stunning, new novel by master storyteller Philip Reeve.


This debut novel by Irish writer Peter Murphy is getting rave reviews in the UK and the U.S. It’s an atmospheric tale of a young boy, John, growing up in a small village whose life is altered by his friendship with a very free-spirited boy whom he meets. It’s filled with humor and energy, as well as a certain sense of mystery. Best of all is the old crone character, Mrs.
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ISBN: 9780547336909
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Published: Mariner Books - April 1st, 2010

This is the story of John Devine -- stuck in a small town in the eerie landscape of Southeast Ireland, worried over by his single, chain-smoking, bible-quoting mother, Lily, and spied on by the "neighborly" Mrs. Nagle. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town, John's life suddenly seems full of possibility. His loneliness dissipates.


The subject of dysfunctional families is a cliche in literature, but with rich and diverse possibilities, when done right it can be a joy to read. THE LONELY POLYGAMIST taps into that realm with originality and empathy. I’ve been waiting for more from Brady Udall ever since reading his first novel, THE MIRACLE LIFE OF EDGAR MINT, back in 2001.
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ISBN: 9780393339710
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 29th, 2011

Golden Richards, husband to four wives, father to twenty-eight children, is having the mother of all midlife crises.

THE GATHERING STORM by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

THE GATHERING STORM by Robert Jordan is the 12th in “The Wheel of Time” series that I began reading about 15 years ago, following the recommendation of a KU student.  It’s pure fantasy, taking you into a world that speaks of strange, frightening creatures, as well as telepathic abilities.
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ISBN: 9780765341532
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Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2010

The Wheel of Time (R) is a PBS Great American Read Selection Now in development for TV

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time(R) by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

LUSH LIFE by Richard Price

A random murder is the catalyst to jump into New York City’s Lower East Side in Richard Price’s LUSH LIFE. The neighborhood in question is illustrated as a place of conflict between the young, hip, and mainly white artistic crowd with the socially marginalized rainbow of poor, project-bound immigrants and tragic youth.

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ISBN: 9780312428228
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Published: Picador USA - March 3rd, 2009

A National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize, WOLF HALL is a complex, multi-layered novel about the time of religious tumult of the 1530s and a story of the life of a moderate, brilliant counselor and financier, Thomas Cromwell.
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ISBN: 9780312429980
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Published: Picador USA - August 31st, 2010



DeLillo chronicles life in the United States during the Cold War. The story weaves through forty-plus years of lives private and public (including J.

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ISBN: 9780684848150
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 9th, 1998

A finalist for the National Book Award, Don DeLillo's most powerful and riveting novel--"a great American novel, a masterpiece, a thrilling page-turner" (San Francisco Chronicle)--Underworld is about the second half of the twentieth century in America and about two people, an artist and an executive, whose lives intertwine in New York in the fifties and again in the nineties.