Synopses & Reviews
Academy Award winner Kevin Kline stars in the adaptation of the title story in this collection in a Universal Pictures release directed by Michael Hoffman (Restoration)
The Palace Thief is the story of a dedicated and inspiring classics professor at an elite prep school where an encounter with a student, the son of a powerful senator, inexorably alters his life. Forty-one years later at a reunion of his students, he is faced with the fear that he may have failed the most important challenge of his life—to have been a great teacher.
"Marvelous...Each plot is dramatic, its characters highly engaging, the suspense sustained and irresistible...A commanding performance."-The New York Times
"Extraordinary for its craft and emotional effect...a writer of enormous talent and charm." -The Washington Post
"These four long stories are not only splendid reading material; they are stunning art, the kind if art that, blessed with an adamant yet unadorned intelligence, capers at the edge of life's deepest mysteries." -The Dallas Morning News
“Masterful...[Canin is] a keen and compassionate talent. His writing is cut of whole cloth; it is beautiful and it wears well.” —New York Daily News
About the Author
is the author of Emperor of the Air, For Kings and Planets,
and Carry Me Across the Water,
among other books. A former physician, he is now on the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.