Reviews : Fiction

'Marlene' by C. W. Gortner

C. W. Gortner’s novelization of the life of Marlene Dietrich, the German stage and film actress who became a legend in American cinema, is a rollicking good read filled with intimate details of her tempestuous life … read more

'GJS II' by Shawn Stewart Ruff

With GJS II, readers get an in-depth and multi-faceted view of blackness playing out in business, the political arena, and familial relationships … read more

'Weekend' by Jane Eaton Hamilton

What is especially wonderful about Weekend is the emotional adventure that occurs completely within the context of romantic and communal relationships… read more

'Arcade' by Drew Nellins Smith

In Drew Nellins Smith’s debut novel, Arcade, Sam, an awkward, likable late 20-something, guides us through a XXX video store on the outskirts of a Texas town… read more

'Walking the Dog' by Elizabeth Swados

The book details the struggles of “former child prodigy and rich-girl kleptomaniac” Ester Rosenthal as she navigates a post-prison life as a high-end professional dog walker… read more

'How to Whistle' by Gregg Shapiro

Some know how to whistle. Others merely blow air and spit. This skill cannot be learned from friends or You Tube videos. Either you’ve got it, or you don’t. And Gregg Shapiro…he’s got it…. read more

'Infidels' by Abdellah Taïa

Abdellah Taïa’s Infidels is a story about the protagonist Jallal’s fall–out of boyhood, into love, out of innocence, into Jihad…. read more