A Gambling Man

A portrait of a king (Charles II) and his era (the Restoration) as rich and delightful as Uglow's earlier The Lunar Men. History does not get much more absorbing than this.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…