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Brother Kemal

The sardonic humor survives intact, the writing is energetic, the plot moves right along.


The Wolves of Midwinter

It is an absolutely luscious glimpse into a very special and unusual family unit, one that makes a reader understand why they call becoming a wolf a gift rather than a curse.


The Signature of All Things: A Novel

This is a big novel in all senses – extensively researched, compellingly readable and with a powerful charm that will surely propel it towards the bestseller lists.


The Kraus Project

Readers interested in Kraus will be better served by Reitter's The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning (2008). This book is for Franzen's fans.


Year of the Demon

A solid effort but one that badly needs streamlining.


Day One
Kirkus Reviews : Day One (October 02, 2013)

Occasionally thrilling but not very credible and full of blunders.


Ancillary Justice

Leckie's novel cast of characters serves her well-plotted story nicely. This is an altogether promising debut.


Bleeding Edge
Kirkus Reviews : Bleeding Edge (October 02, 2013)

Of a piece with Pynchon's recent work--not quite a classic à la V. but in a class of its own--more tightly woven but no less madcap than Inherent Vice, and sure to the last that we live in a world of very odd shadows.


The Last First Day: A Novel

A beautiful piece of writing: bittersweet with nostalgia, surprisingly sensual and sharply nuanced in its depiction of the strains and rewards that shape any long marriage.


Traveling Sprinkler: A Novel

In sparkling and witty prose, Baker reminds readers why he's one of the masters of the contemporary novel.


Thankless in Death

Considering how few complications the chase offers, Robb does a fine job of keeping up the tension. Both the cops and the killer make use of more futuristic gadgets than usual.


Seven for a Secret

Vividly atmospheric; the thieves' slang all by itself evokes 19th-century New York with wonderful specificity. Let's hope Faye finds more dirty work for her intriguingly conflicted hero.


The Aftermath
Kirkus Reviews : The Aftermath (October 02, 2013)

Uneven storytelling fails to do justice to a fascinating moment in history.


A Beautiful Truth

What might be--and occasionally is--touching is undercut by McAdam's indulgences in a clankingly poetic style.


The Lowland
Kirkus Reviews : The Lowland (October 02, 2013)

Though Lahiri has previously earned greater renown for her short stories, this masterful novel deserves to attract an even wider readership.


Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Satisfying at every level. King even leaves room for a follow-up, should he choose to write one--and with luck, sooner than three decades hence.


Ostrich: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Ostrich (October 02, 2013)

Looming over this novel is Mark Haddon's tale of an autistic boy, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. This work is its miniature.


Cartwheel: A Novel

A tangled tale that leaves protagonist Lily, and the crime, unilluminated.


Rising Sun, Falling Shadow

Drama-filled historical fiction, with a denouement promising another installment.


Dark Lies the Island

Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Barry writes stories that are character-driven, archetypical yet magnetic, pushing toward realism's edge where genre becomes irrelevant.