Sometimes, but rarely, a review leaps off the page, grabs you by the throat and demands that you begin reading a certain book right now.
Entertainment Weekly‘s review of The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (Penguin/Riverhead, Jan 5) begins with a tribute,
In the best kind of books, there is always that moment when the words on the page swallow the world outside — subway stations fly by, errands go un-run, rational bedtimes are abandoned — and the only goal is to gobble up the next paragraph, and the next, and the next.
And goes on to explain why The Street Sweeper is one of those books.
A quite different source, the New York Post, lists it as one of five books that they consider “required reading.”