By Wook Kim
Updated August 31, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

The fictionalized story of math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, as told by G.H. Hardy, the shy, closeted Cambridge prof who befriended him at the turn of the 20th century.

Vérité Moment?
Cameos by Bertrand Russell, D.H. Lawrence, and lots of complicated formulas (composite numbers, anyone?).

David Leavitt’s The Indian Clerk is a profoundly moving tale that illuminates the agony of repressed feelings and the thrill of intellectual discovery. Think Remains of the Day meets Good Will Hunting. B+