Books The Sunlight Dialogues by John Gardner and Charles Johnson Paperback, 690 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $17.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Sunlight DialoguesAuthorJohn Gardner and Charles Johnson Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Sheriff Clumly is working to unravel a mystery surrounding a drifter who is jailed for painting "LOVE" across the road in the small town of Batavia, and murder may soon be added to the charges. Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Also by John Gardner Grendel Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Sunlight Dialogues Critics' Lists: Summer '07 Savor the Season with a Picnic of Good Books June 4, 2007 Summer is the season we can finally tackle the books that have been piling up on our desks and forming small mountains on the floor. Book critic Alan Cheuse offers a selection of some of the best books of late spring and early summer, and some classics that are always present in his literary landscape. Savor the Season with a Picnic of Good Books Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/10580049/10712708" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Summer Books 2007: Excerpts Excerpt: 'The Sunlight Dialogues' June 4, 2007 Book critic Alan Cheuse describes John Gardner's signature 1972 novel as a "dramatic encounter between modern life and ancient mythology." Largely known for his books about the art of writing, Gardner's own fiction is showcased in this upstate New York epic, Cheuse says.