Book Reviews

Another Day in Dystopia

In The Last Star, the grim final installment of his grim 5th Wave trilogy, Rick Yancey pulls no punches

by Tina Chambers

May 26, 2016 The Last Star is the third and final installment of Rick Yancey’s dystopian YA series that began with the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave. In the trilogy, sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan struggles to adapt when ordinary life is interrupted by the appearance of a spaceship. Yancey will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 4, 2016, at 2 p.m.m

Published Thursday, 26 May 2016

Not Every Apocalypse Has Zombies

In The Alliance, Jolina Petersheim considers faith in a time of apocalypse

by Faye Jones

May 25, 2016 Jolina Petersheim’s latest novel The Alliance, explores what it means to be moral when the world ends as you know it. While no zombies roam rural Montana, the residents of the Old Order Mennonite community there must face some hard choices that put their faith and their lives to the test. Jolina Petersheim will discuss The Alliance at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Bildung a New Voice in Coming-Of-Age Novels

Matthew Quick’s new YA novel about a cult classic is sure to become one itself

by Sarah Carter

May 24, 2016 In Matthew Quick’s Every Exquisite Thing, teen Nanette O’Hare grapples with what looks a lot like a midlife crisis, though she’s a teenager. Quick will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 2, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A Crying Shame

Richard Russo returns with Everybody’s Fool, a sequel to one of his best-loved novels

by Ed Tarkington

May 23, 2016 With Everybody’s Fool, Richard Russo returns to North Bath, New York, stomping grounds of Donald “Sully” Sullivan, one of recent fiction’s most endearing heroes. In this sequel to Nobody’s Fool, the gang’s all back, ten years older but no less susceptible to the slings and arrows of hardscrabble life in Bath. Russo will give a free public reading at the Nashville Public Library on May 31, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Monday, 23 May 2016

Unspeakable Gift

In Louise Erdrich’s latest novel, LaRose, grief unfolds in a multi-generational tale of justice and atonement

by Emily Choate

May 18, 2016 In Louise Erdrich’s mesmerizing new novel, LaRose, two neighboring households straddling the border of the Ojibwe reservation become permanently entangled in matters of justice and grief after the accidental shooting of a young boy. Erdrich will appear alongside novelist Jane Hamilton as part of the Nashville Public Library’s Salon@615 series on May 25, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 18 May 2016

All the Things We Hide

Lee Clay Johnson’s desolate debut novel, Nitro Mountain, exerts a powerful magnetic pull

by Susannah Felts

May 17, 2016 Nitro Mountain, the debut novel from Nashville native Lee Clay Johnson, reveals a strikingly evoked world of depravity, degradation, and bad romance in a remote crevice of Appalachia. Johnson will read from the book at Brown’s Diner in Nashville on May 20, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Seeking Salvation in the Shadows

With his fifth novel, John Hart proves once again that “literary thriller” is not an oxymoron

by Chris Scott

May 12, 2016 Redemption Road proves once again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller. His flawed and haunted characters must work in the shadows of modern-day North Carolina to find their way to salvation. Hart will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 19, 2016, at 6:30 pm.

Published Thursday, 12 May 2016

Secrets, Lies, and Cocktails

Anton DiSclafani’s The After Party follows the tangled friendship of two women among Houston’s social elite

by Emily Choate

May 11, 2016 Set among Houston’s glamorous oil-industry elites during the 1950s, Anton DiSclafani’s The After Party follows two young women—one conventional, one rebellious—who are locked in a complex lifelong friendship. DiSclafani will discuss The After Party at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Magic, Poverty, and Strength in the Mountains

With Prayers the Devil Answers Sharyn McCrumb offers another compelling Appalachian novel

by Ralph Bowden

May 10, 2016 In Prayers the Devil Answers Sharyn McCrumb once again recreates the time, place, and people of her Appalachian homeland. McCrumb will discuss her new novel at free public events in Johnson City, Knoxville, and Nashville.

Published Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Contracts with the Devil

In Jennifer Haigh’s new novel, Heat and Light, energy companies choose profits over safety

by Sean Kinch

May 9, 2016 With Heat and Light, Jennifer Haigh joins the grand American tradition of the social-protest novel. Like Harriet Beecher Stowe, Upton Sinclair, and John Steinbeck before her, she wields a quixotic sword against corporate corruption and malfeasance—in this case, fracking. Haigh will read from Heat and Light at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 12, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 9 May 2016

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