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A unique and compelling novel about a dysfuntional family trying to understand the accidental death of the oldest son. Embedded within this novel is a graphic novel, adding a layer of richness to this already excellent novel.
This novel begins with an illegal journey of four Moroccans crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. Moments away from the shore, the boat capsizes.
Fourth in this post Spanish Civil War novel to feature Carlos Tejada Alonso y Léon.
An edgy, brooding stand-alone novel about a professional crime reporter who is a crime victim, himself.
Cult-hero Christopher Moore tackles death in his latest wonderful, whacked-out yarn.
A 21st century story about two academic rivals (and their families) who detest each other's politics. Her best novel yet.
New Jersey wisecracking defense lawyer Andy Carpenter returns for a fifth outing. When his former lover, Laurie, a police detective who has moved home to Wisconsin, calls to tell him she may have arrested an innocent man for murder, Andy packs his bags and sets off for the Midwest to lend a hand.
Living in a rented flat (after his cottage was burned in the previous outing), Banks is struggling to put his life back together when an urgent phone message from his younger brother, Roy—a successful, slightly shady London businessman—requests his help.
Barry once again satirizes corporate America in his third caustic novel.
Max Mohr, a real-life German-Jewish novelist and playwright, died mysteriously in Shanghai, China in 1937. Reuss sets out in this novel to imagine the man's life and choices.
The unnamed speaker is investigating the story of Rafael Sanchez Mazas, a "good, not great" writer of the 1930s, who, in the final days of the Spanish Civil War escaped a firing squad.
Jack Reacher, ex-army MP, helps to track down the kidnapped wife and daughter of ex-army officer Edward Lane.
Strong and highly recommended short story collection.
Two novellas, one set in the '80s and the other in the '90s with a linking character, which explore two reversals of sexual harassement and gender inferiority.
This enigmatic noir thriller from New Zealand author Chad Taylor opens on a friendly pool game between disarming narrator Mark Chamberlain (who has a secret criminal life) and property developer Rory Jones at an Auckland billiards parlor and turns into a mystery about a high school classmate's disapearance.
20-year-old Kenji works as a guide for Western tourists looking for action in Tokyo's sex districts. A few days before the end of the year, he meets up with a new American client named Frank. And right off there is a sense that something is not right with Frank.
2005 Pulitizer prize winning novel that is a letter from a father to his son.
A nonlinear trip into the past of three political radicals from the late 1960s.
Reichl writes about her years as the food critic for The New York Times and the efforts she had to make not be recognized, all the more difficult as she never writes her opinion based on on just one dining experience.
A chilling cautionary tale based loosely on Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Macbeth.
In this allegorical novel, two unidentified nations at an unidentified time send coordinated expeditions into an uninhabited place of extreme weather—"the Agreed Furthest Point from Civilization."
In the dusty, gated desert community of Rancho Sin Vacas a handful of residents are finding that neighborhood life is becoming increasingly bizarre among the crumbling swimming pools, overwatered lawns, and disaffected children.
Jane Fonda's interesting auto-biography.
The evening before the National Identification System officially becomes a reality, during the last control tests of the system, something goes wrong: someone accidentally discovers the real purpose of the implants.
Two excellent novels that tell the story of Taylor Greer and her informerly adopted daughter, Turtle. The first novel is set in Arizona. The second brings us to the Cherokee nation. Kingsolver's first and fourth novels.
Follows two friends, Sula nd Nel, who grow up together in the Bottom, a black section of an Ohio town. Morrison's second novel first published in 1973.
Part of the Penguin Lives series, featuring the great Sioux warrior Crazy Horse.
Why so many reviews this month? Partially because I couldn't make up my mind which ones to post since there were so many good ones to choose from. When I realized that I had formatted more than I needed for the update, I decided not to wait. June is going to be particularly busy month for me at Wishpets (my day job) and will involve lots of overtime (time to update more catalogs). That means not enough time for MostlyFiction.com. So enjoy the extra reviews -- make them stretch into mid July -- that's about when I should have another update ready.
Happy SUMMER reading!