A Discovey of Witches

The ivory tower blushes bright red in Deborah Harkness's addictively readable debut novel, in which daemons, witches, and vampires ancient and modern descend upon Oxford's Bodleian Library when a bewitched alchemical manuscript is discovered. Smart, vivid fun.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…