Books That Made a Difference to Philip Seymour Hoffman
I just love this book. When I was halfway through it—right around when one of the three daughters tries to talk to her father and he goes out into a storm—I was like, "Oh my God, this is King Lear." I was so impressed with how Smiley was able to take such a classic tale and put it in rural 20th-century Iowa. It's beautiful, it's crushing, it's everything King Lear is—and it's effortless. I was blown away by the imagination, intellect and talent it must have taken to do that.