Does anybody actually finish a book…?

by Kelvin Smith

Tell me the truth. Does anybody actually finish a book once they have formed an opinion of it?‘ asks Sarah Jessica Parker in her role as Sarah Geldhart in the 1996 movie The Substance of Fire, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz from his 1989 play.

Sarah is one of the daughters of Isaac Geldhart, a holocaust survivor who has devoted his life to publishing volumes about the Holocaust. The firm, Geldhart/Kreeger Books, is highly respected but the narrow specialization has led to financial ruin – not an unfamilar story in the time since the play and the film were written.

The Substance of Fire (1996)