An Accident in August

The unsettling ambiance that still surrounds the death of Princess Diana is distilled down into the person of one imagined spectator in this tenth novel from French author Laurence Cossé, who posits the existence of an enigmatic female witness to the infamous crash. How one woman's life is upended by this chance happening forms the basis of this suspenseful and surprising page-turner that evokes the works of David Cronenberg and J. G. Ballard.

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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…