Stone Reader. Mark Moskowitz, dir. 2002. DVD.
Review: This film is a constantly absorbing and moving film about the power of books to change our lives and one man's passionate search to solve a real-life literary mystery. In 1972, Mark Moskowitz, then aged 18, read a rare review of a novel called The Stones of Summer. He bought it but couldn't get past the first few pages. Twenty-five years later he tried again, and this time fell in love with it. Looking for other works by author Dow Mossman, he found no mention of either Mossman or his novel, which was long out of print. Thus begins one of the most enthralling mystery stories of recent years. Traveling the country, he befriends critics, agents, and editors in the quest to discover how such a well-received book and its author could have vanished completely from the scene. And while the journey is unusually cinematic, often hilariously funny, and ultimately poignant, it is also a riveting reminder of how some stories are so potent that people change their lives forever seeking the source.
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