Books by John Burnham Schwartz

John Burnham Schwartz, author of bestselling novels including Reservation Road and The Commoner, is also an accomplished screenwriter and currently literary director for the Sun Valley Writer’s Conference. Here, Schwartz discusses his decision to return to the characters he first introduced in Reservation Road with his new novel Northwest Corner. Photo credit: Michael Crouser


NORTHWEST CORNER by John Burnham Schwartz
Released: July 26, 2011

"Stark and deeply effecting."
In this sequel, 12 years have passed since the fatal hit-and-run at the center of Schwartz's Reservation Road (1998), and the focus turns from the father of the victim to the perpetrator of that crime and his long-estranged, now-grown son. Read full book review >
THE COMMONER by John Burnham Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2008

"Not likely to go over well with the Japanese royals."
Schwartz (Claire Marvel, 2001, etc.) taps into the increasingly popular trend of blurring the boundary between fiction and nonfiction with this imagining of the lives of the current Empress and Crown Princess of Japan, both alive but seldom seen or heard from in public. Read full book review >
CLAIRE MARVEL by John Burnham Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Very precious, very trite-seeming. Love Story it's not."
An acutely sensitive love story, the sort in which feelings and psyches are so fragile that the normal ups and downs of true love become near-fatal wounds. Here, a thirtysomething man recalls his haunting love for an elusive and complex woman. Read full book review >
RESERVATION ROAD by John Burnham Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rarely have three lives in crisis been detailed with such compassion and care: a tragic, utterly absorbing tale. (First printing of 100,000)"
The complex stages of guilt, grief, and recovery in the wake of a boy's hit-and-run death are exquisitely portrayed in this heartrending story by Schwartz (Bicycle Days, 1989), whose characterizations are as finely nuanced as they are sympathetic. Read full book review >
BICYCLE DAYS by John Burnham Schwartz
Released: May 8, 1989

A slice-of-life first novel about a confused young American in Japan. Read full book review >