The Last Samurai

I've probably bought more copies of Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai than any other novel, because I give them away constantly and need to replenish my stock. What a book! Crammed with smarts and adventure and a very full heart--and nothing to do with that Tom Cruise movie--it's page-by-page rewarding, a story about a genius boy, raised on Kurosawa, in search of his father. Why didn't it sell like crazy?

Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. He is the author of three books, including his latest novel The Last Kid Left (NPR’s Best Books of the Year). His nonfiction appears in a variety of magazines, mostly GQ. More information can be found at More by Rosecrans Baldwin

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