At the Wall Street Journal she named a five best list of books with novel approaches to kindness, including:
Brighton RockRead about the other books on the list.
by Graham Greene (1938)
It was bold of the Catholic convert Graham Greene to make the atheist in "Brighton Rock" the one who understands kindness. The two Catholic devotees in Greene's thriller, the psychopath Pinkie and his love-struck girlfriend, Rose, are so consumed with excitement over their sinful transgressions that they have lost touch with reality. Ida Arnold, the nonbeliever, with her dyed hair, her plump bosom and her lipstick, hunts down Pinkie to save Rose from him, driven simply by empathy for the girl's vulnerability. In the 1947 film version, Greene enthusiastically agreed to a rewrite of the ending in which there appears to be a miracle and the chance of redemption for Rose. Poor Ida, cheated of the unsought moral high ground.