By far the most beautiful book with a murder on the first page:

I’m a sucker for books set in the Midwest. Rural Midwest in the 20s gets even more points. Add a murder and the sweetest little boy memories and I’m done for. This was what I was hoping for when I read the thin Julian Barns novel – beauty and plot. Good sentences will get you far. A good plot can hold up even some questionable writing, but putting them both together is hard to find. In So Long, See You Tomorrow William Maxwell delivers both. It’s a page turner but I didn’t want to turn the page too quickly for fear of missing a beautiful buried sentence.

God, I love a good sentence. If you haven’t read it yet, you won’t regret unearthing this old book.