Book Reviews – Fiction

The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff 

A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khalid Hosseini (audiobook)
After the Workshop, by John McNally (GR)  3 stars
All He Ever Wanted, by Anita Shreve (audiobook)  (GR) 3 stars
All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost, by Lan Samantha Chang (GR) 3 stars
American Music, by Jane Mendelsohn (GR) 4 stars
An Egg on Three Sticks, by Jackie Moyer-Fischer
Await Your Reply, by Dan Chaon

Bad Marie, by Marcy Dermansky (GR) 4 stars 
Baker Towers, by Jennifer Haigh (audiobook) (GR) 3 stars 
Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter (GR) 5 stars
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
The Bird Saviors, by William J. Cobb (GR) 5 stars
The Blind Contessa’s New Machine, by Carey Wallace
Boleto, by Alyson Hagy 4 stars
Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, Stories by Maile Meloy (GR) 4.5 stars
The Box: Tales from the Darkroom, by Gunter Grass (audio)
By Nightfall, by Michael Cunningham (GR) 5 stars 

Can’t and Won’t: Stories, by Lydia Davis
Children and Fire
, by Ursula Hegi (GR) 4 stars 
Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet, by Stephanie Cowell (GR) 3 stars
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian (published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/13/2014)
The Confessions of Max Tivoli, by Andrew Sean Greer

The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, by Kathleen Alcott
The Day the Falls Stood Still, by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories, by Lauren Groff (GR) 4 stars 
Dr. Radway’s Sarsaparilla Resolvent, by Beth Kephart (GR) 4 stars

The Early Stories of Louisa May Alcott 1852-1860, by Louisa May Alcott
The Edible Woman, by Margaret Atwood
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery (audiobook) 1 star
Ellen Foster, by Kate Gibbons (GR) 5 stars
The English Spy, by Daniel Silva (published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8/30/2015)
Everybody Loves Somebody, Stories by Joanna Scott (GR) 4 stars
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng (GR) 4 stars

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (GR) 5 stars
The Financial Lives of the Poets, by Jess Walter 5 stars 
Finding Nouf, by Zoe Ferraris 4 stars 
Fragile Beasts, by Tawni O’Dell (GR) 3 stars 
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (audiobook) (GR) 3 stars 

The Gift, by Cecelia Ahern
The Girl Who Chased the Moon, by Sarah Addison Allen
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (GR) 4.5 stars
The Grievers, by Marc Schuster

Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls 4 stars
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Heart is Not a Size, by Beth Kephart
Helen Keller in Love, by Rosie Sultan (GR) 5 stars
The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
History of the Rain, by Niall Williams
House of Dance, by Beth Kephart (YA)
House of Silence, by Sarah Barthel (published in Shelf Awareness 1/13/2017)
How It Ended: New and Collected Stories, by Jay McInerney
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

I Curse the River of Time, by Per Petterson (audiobook) GR 1 star
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, by Jon McGregor
Innocence, by Jane Mendelsohn 2 stars

Joy for Beginners, by Erica Bauermeister (GR) 4 stars

The Killing of Mindi Quintana, by Jeffrey A. Cohen
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (audio) (2003)

Lark and Termite, by Jayne Anne Phillips 4 stars 
Last Night in Montreal, by Emily St. John Mandel (GR) 4 stars
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann 5 stars
The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster, by Kaye Gibbons (audio)
The Life You Longed For, by Maribeth Fischer
The Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalian (published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8/25/2013)
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by Tiffany Baker 5 stars
The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters
The Lola Quartet, by Emily St. John Mandel
Long Black Veil, by Jennifer Finney Boylan (published in Shelf Awareness, 5/5/2017)
Love, In Theory, Ten Stories, by E.J. Levy (4 stars)

Married Love and Other Stories, by Tessa Hadley

Mating Calls: The Problem with Lexie and No. Seven, by Jessica Anya Blau
Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin 2 stars 
Mermaids in the Basement, by Michael Lee West 2 stars 
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (GR) 5 stars
Molly Fox’s Birthday, by Deirdre Madden 3 stars 
Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf 5 stars 
Mrs. Somebody Somebody, by Tracy Winn 5 stars 

Next to Love, by Ellen Feldman
Night Swim, by Jessica Keener
Nothing But Ghosts, by Beth Kephart

Of a Feather, by Ken Goldman
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan (audiobook)
The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin (GR) 5 stars
The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff (published in Shelf Awareness, 3/14/2017)

The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, edited by Laura Furman
The Pilot’s Wife, by Anita Shreve
Precipice, by Melissa Luznicky Garrett (GR) 3 stars
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark

The Queen of Palmyra, by Minrose Gwin
The Quickening Maze, by Adam Foulds

Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, Stories by Lydia Peele
The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories 1978-2008, by Louise Erdrich
The Returned, by Jason Mott
Room, by Emma Donoghue
The Round House, by Louise Erdrich  4 stars

Safe from the Sea, by Peter Geye
The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister
Sea Creatures, by Susanna Daniel (4 stars)
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, by Jerome Charyn
The Sense of An Ending, by Julian Barnes
Shadow Tag, by Louise Erdrich
She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb
Shout Her Lovely Name, by Natalie Serber 4 stars
Small Damages, by Beth Kephart (GR) 4 stars
Smut, Two Unseemly Stories, by Alan Bennett
The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey
Something is Out There: Stories by Richard Bausch
The Sonderberg Case, by Elie Wiesel
Songdogs, by Colum McCann
Steampunk Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
The Story of a Marriage, by Andrew Sean Greer 5 stars
The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon 5 stars 
The Sugar Queen, by Sarah Addison Allen
South of Broad, by Pat Conroy

Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris
There’s No Place Like Here, by Cecelia Ahern (GR) 3 stars
The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
This Beautiful Life, by Helen Schulman
Tinkers, by Paul Harding

To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek (YA)

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots, by Jessica Soffer (my review was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 6/5/2013)
Too Much Happiness, Stories by Alice Munro
Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan (5 stars)

Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (short stories)
The Unnamed, by Joshua Ferris

The Virgin Cure, by Ami McKay (GR) 5 stars

Walks With Men, by Ann Beattie
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
While I’m Falling, by Laura Moriarty
The Wide Circumference of Love, by Marita Golden (published in Shelf Awareness 4/25/2017)
The Winters in Bloom, by Lisa Tucker
With My Body, by Nikki Gemmell (GR) 3.5 stars
Without a Backward Glance, by Kate Veitch

The Years, by Virginia Woolf (GR) 3.5 stars
You Are My Only, by Beth Kephart