Best of '90: Books

Fiction

The Burden of Proof by Scott Turow. The blockbuster novel of the year is also one of the better, more intelligent reads. As he did in Presumed Innocent (1987), the author-lawyer hurls the human impulse to make trouble straight at the bloodless statutes designed to keep the peace. The impact is shattering, and the echoes remain long after the explosion is over.

Friend of My Youth by Alice Munro. This collection of 10 shimmering stories should put to rest, at least for a while, the old canard that nothing interesting ever happens in Canada. The author, who lives near Lake...

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