September 20, 1998 |
"Reservation Road" is the story of a grief we'd rather not contemplate: the death of a child. And though stories like this don't always make for the most appealing reads precisely because this is a possibility every parent must secret away to make it through a day, what John Burnham Schwartz has given us is a dark and irresistible miracle: a heartbreaking thriller. On their way home from a Sunday afternoon picnic and evening outdoor concert in Canaan, Conn.
January 22, 2008 |
FOR nearly 15 years the world has watched the antifairy tale of Masako Owada, the cosmopolitan, Harvard-and-Oxford-educated, up-and-coming diplomat who had the singular misfortune to captivate Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan. Like a maiden in a storybook, she demurred three times and at last consented to abandon her career and become crown princess.
January 20, 2008
Richard Rayner reviews "Duma Key," a novel by Stephen King. Janice P. Nimura reviews "The Commoner," a novel by John Burnham Schwartz. Tim Rutten reviews "God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215" by David Levering Lewis. The following reviews are scheduled: Erik Himmelsbach reviews "Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America" by Richard Zoglin.
March 14, 2002 |
CLAIRE MARVEL A Novel By John Burnham Schwartz Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 304 pages; $25 John Burnham Schwartz has made a habit of discussing the pitfalls and pinnacles of love in his writing. In his first novel, "Bicycle Days," Schwartz tells the tale of a young American man coming of age in Japan. In "Reservation Road," the story is of a family whose son dies in a hit-and-run, detailing how the accident twists the characters' life trajectories.
October 19, 2007 |
Neither involving as a study in grief nor compelling as a thriller about conscience, the cat-and-mouse tragedy "Reservation Road" is a misery windup so schematic and obvious it reduces its crisis-stricken characters to little more than emotional bumper cars. Based on a 1998 novel by John Burnham Schwartz, who adapted it with director Terry George, the Connecticut-set film quickly gets to its defining moment: a fatal hit-and-run.
January 9, 2002 |
Judging by the reaction to his latest book giveaway, Phil Jackson ought to save his money next year. Jackson hands out books on the first extended trip of each season, and this year's Lakers received theirs on Saturday's flight to Toronto. By Tuesday night, most of the players could not name the title or author of their book, and many had no intention of reading them anyway. Ah, the price of education.