Laetitia Colombani. Suspense builds for each of these women as they struggle to make decisions in the face of their harsh realities. Intriguing strands connect the three A sense of urgency to learn how the stories will be resolved drives the fast-paced narrative. The prose hums along without fuss, and several chapters end with terrific suspense. An impeccably crafted love letter to the oft-unseen and ignored work of women across the world. Debbie Harry.
Harry offers a frank look at her life on the edge Rave Kirkus In this whirlwind tour of her life, Harry, one of the most photographed faces in music, deploys an irreverent style well suited to her story. Her tales of life before, during, after, and beyond her time with Blondie are intermixed with interludes that capture the eclectic and electric passion she has for the creative process. In a narrative that feels simultaneously heartfelt and spontaneous, Harry recounts close encounters with violence and harassment with the same immediacy as the moments that catapulted Blondie to worldwide fame Instead, readers will find reflection on life with a budding band and an uncensored view of what it took to succeed.
The narrative reflects the energy of the punk and new wave scene as the author weaves personal stories with entertaining descriptions of partying and playing with the likes of the Ramones, Andy Warhol, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie. Bart Paul. Clean, elegant prose compensates for the thin mystery plot.
Imani Perry. Rave Kirkus A multidisciplinary and acclaimed researcher, Perry uses references throughout the slim volume that range across centuries and the global black diaspora, across folklore, music, and visual arts as well as the influence of numerous faith traditions Deeply intergenerational, the book blurs intended audiences to call all of us to face up to legacies of injustice while insisting on the grace and conviviality necessary to imagine just futures A masterfully poetic and intimate work that anchors mothering within the long-standing tradition of black resistance and resourcefulness.
Nor the plot, which proves elusive and possibly unfathomable What matters are the details. Every scene features one or more memorably well-developed, convincingly lifelike characters With expert craft, Abercrombie lays the groundwork for another thrilling trilogy. Josh Campbell. Positive Kirkus A newsworthy book in an electoral cycle that promises to see plenty of foreign interference—and little resistance from Republicans.
Attica Locke. A leaner, meaner version was an opportunity missed, yet Locke remains an author to watch. Andy Weir. Positive Kirkus Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling. The author imbues Mark with a sharp sense of humor, which cuts the tension, sometimes a little too much—some readers may be laughing when they should be on the edges of their seats.
Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery. Rave Publishers Weekly Weir laces the technical details with enough keen wit to satisfy hard science fiction fan and general reader alike. Halle Butler. As both women fray, this poison pill of a novel moves to its arch conclusion. Positive Kirkus In this wickedly disaffected, sometimes-funny debut novel, Butler creates a story of two exceedingly unhappy women, both sliding into a downward spiral shaped by everyday misery and petty hatreds Its most striking feature is the way it digs into this small canvas of revulsion, bringing up recognizable portraits of our least generous, most unlikable urges Though it suffers from an oddly studious use of vulgarity, the novel has a degree of compelling, train-wreck allure A novel that reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter in the face of outrageously painted everyday sadness.
A family drama that refuses to jell. Thomas Pierce.
Each takes a mundane experience and adds an element of the extra weird Positive Kirkus People get uncomfortably close to their primal tendencies in this debut story collection that highlights the quirky and uncanny A promising debut that studies hard-luck types from new and provocative perspectives.
Anne Perry. Readers will root for the forceful, independent Elena, who will appeal to Maisie Dobbs fans. Perry knows how to ratchet up the international intrigue. Sturdy woman-on-the-run period intrigue with a strong rooting interest and a weak ending. Anna Veltfort. However, she captures her teenage self thoughtfully and on a number of emotional registers Plainspoken to a fault, but a revealing portrait of sexual intimidation under an authoritarian regime.
Sarah Milov. Positive Kirkus Milov Lloyd Spencer Davis. Rave Publishers Weekly Biologist Davis Ryan Patrick Hanley. Hanley argues that Smith, though best known as an economist, was a social theorist as well and was deeply concerned with how to live a happy and beneficial life Hanley makes it clear from the outset that he does not consider this volume either a scholarly endeavor or a self-help book, making it difficult to tell whom he expects his audience to be.
Felix J Palma, Trans. Everything inside it works differently. But the title story—about a wealthy man who gives his wife pieces of his body over the course of their marriage—is indeed the standout and is practically dripping with black comedy and potential interpretations Palma has a piercing imagination hampered only by plots that are borderline contrived and an unchanging narrative voice.
Palma proves he is an assured, creative writer with a knack for the unsettling. Maria Tumarkin. Mixed Kirkus A book of extended annotations of familiar axioms that challenges readers to connect a lot of dots However, most of them could stand on their own as well-reported literary journalism, with the author very present in her own work in a manner occasionally reminiscent of Joan Didion Tumarkin asks deep, difficult questions and refuses to settle for easy answers. Provocative reading for those willing to put in the effort.
That the essays come across as original is a testament to their artful construction, as they organically navigates the networks of a community and evoke a larger system through its smaller components Martin Edwards. Lisa Unger.
Rave Crime by the Book Unger expertly draws the reader into the rich psychological terrain of her characters, unspooling layers of intrigue and suspense in this stellar character study Unger has crafted here truly superb suspense protagonists Readers looking for a psychological thriller-meets-character study that takes them inside the mind and motivations of a serial killer will love. Surviving a crime is the beginning of the story, not the end, in this astute, engrossing thriller. She also squirrels away several startling trump cards for later.
Barrett knows the woods and roads surrounding Glanbeigh as well as he understands the youth who roam them. This is his territory, his people. He writes with beauty and a toughness that captures the essence of boredom and angst Barrett has given us moments that resonate true to a culture, a population and a geography that are fertile with the stuff of good fiction. Annalee Newitz. Rave Kirkus Newitz Old Media , , etc. The humdinger of an ending is a perfect cherry on top. An ambitious adventure that keeps the surprises coming. Smart and profound on every level, this is a deeply satisfying novel.
K Jemisin. Rave Kirkus Debut fantasy features an intriguing, well-drawn mythology. At first glance, the basic plot may seem standard Jemisin lavishes considerable care on her fictional universe, but she also creates a subtle, emotionally complex character in the thoughtful Yeine.
Readers will definitely look forward to future installments of the projected Inheritance Trilogy. An offbeat, engaging tale by a talented and original newcomer. Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists.
Linwood Barclay. Readers who live on high floors will glance nervously toward the nearest stairs as they tear through this exciting thriller. Mixed Kirkus Barclay is an old hand at twisty, tantalizing plots. But as promising as the premise is, it never really goes anywhere. A combination of so-so surprises, contrived turns, and gratuitous elements take the air out of the story A recurring motif is characters with restrictive physical conditions being forced to climb many flights of stairs. Megan Kruse. Amy, Lydia, and Jackson must redefine their own ideas of family as they try desperately to move on and make lives for themselves.
A powerful story told with ferocity and grace. Tracy O'Neill.
Positive Kirkus As the narrative weaves through sessions with her psychiatrist and a recounting of her training as a figure skater, what emerges is not a predictable story of loss and hope but a complex family drama The entry into this novel can be difficult. The chronology is often unclear; many chapters are almost exclusively unmarked dialogue between Ali and her therapist; and sometimes the reader is not given enough context to fully understand a scene. But the book soars in its descriptions of figure skating, capturing its strange and brutal beauty and achieving a beauty of its own in the process Edgy and serious enough to not feel like a guilty pleasure.
Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi. A clearly unreliable narrator, the character nonetheless draws the reader deeper into his mental labyrinth, as snippets of a possible truth shine through as from a blinding streak of lightning on a dark night This short but substantial novel both celebrates the process of thinking and offers cautions about the perils of our inner monologues.
A rare gem of a book that begs to be read again.
Rave Kirkus Debut fantasy features an intriguing, well-drawn mythology Readers will definitely look forward to future installments of the projected Inheritance Trilogy Yelena Akhtiorskaya. The prose is finely crafted, but this is not a tale of relatable people. Instead, Akhtiorskaya excels at humorous, slightly overstated character sketches, making each person uniquely absurd.
Alex Gilvarry. Characters in the story besides Boy rarely become more than strictly functional Gilvarry is a talented writer and observer, but the satirical elements could have been better tailored. Molly Antopol. Positive Publishers Weekly Spanning a large swath of the 20th century, these are stories about the older generation of Jews who fled Europe and saw their courage tested There are no happy endings, nor does Antopol people her stories with heroes.
What draws the reader to her deeply flawed characters is their keen self-awareness, and their consequent ability to act with a semblance of moral, sometimes even selfless, integrity. Rave Kirkus The impressive debut collection by Antopol Antopol offers complex, psychologically subtle portraits of her often regretful characters A smart, empathetic, well-crafted first collection. Amanda Coplin. Yet the novel is so beautifully written, so alive to the magnificence of the land and the intricate mysteries of human nature, that it inspires awe rather than depression Superb work from an abundantly gifted young writer.
Coplin refuses to sentimentalize.