In a book that rocked her native Britain, celebrated author Rachel Cusk anatomizes the dissolution of her marriage with unflinching honesty. This is reading sure to prompt deep conversations about love and commitment in the twenty-first century.

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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…