Lightning on the Sun – Robert Bingham

Robert Bingham’s high-toned thriller, Lightning on the Sun, moves nimbly between Cambodia and New York City. An international cast of characters crosses paths when a jaded young American living in Phnom Penh decides to try his luck at smuggling  ...

Under the Greenwood Tree

Shantung with Print Trim Jacket by P.I. Sport N.Y. Diametrically unlike the brooding masterpieces of his mature style, Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree (1872) is a frothy pastoral romance.  ...

Until I Find You – John Irving

In contrast to several of John Irving’s large-scale comic novels of the past thirty years, Until I Find You likely won’t attract a wave of enthusiastic new readers to the writer’s work. (There are ardent fans of A Prayer  ...

Drives Like a Dream – Porter Shreve

Porter Shreve’s 2000 debut novel, The Obituary Writer, was a fresh and engaging shaggy-dog tale narrated by a plucky 22-year-old newspaperman named Gordie Hatch. Marooned in St. Louis as a lowly obituary-page reporter, Hatch dreams of becoming a big-time  ...

Oblivion – David Foster Wallace

Oblivion is David Foster Wallace’s third and best collection of short stories to date. Without sacrificing his flair for brainy surreal prose and dead-on social satire—which have on occasion seemed like ends in themselves—Wallace has added a stronger than usual  ...

Fidelity – Michael Redhill

Canadian author Michael Redhill spent ten years writing his debut novel, Martin Sloane, published to wide acclaim in 2001. As if challenging himself to master the whole of Henry James’s The Art of the Novel in one fell swoop,  ...

The Stones of Summer – Dow Mossman

Fifteen years ago, Errol Morris’s documentary The Thin Blue Line famously resulted in freeing an innocent man from prison. Last year, in what is arguably a comparable turn of events, Mark Moskowitz’s documentary Stone Reader rescued a forgotten American  ...

Two English Girls

Online references on Francoise Truffaut Only in recent years has Francois Truffaut’s Two English Girls (1971) emerged as a noteworthy film. A critical and financial disappointment when first released, its two-hour and twenty-minute running  ...