Ancient Light

An aging actor surveys the wreckage of his life: the first and only woman he ever loved, the daughter he can't understand, the memories that prove increasingly untrustworthy. Man Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville pens a moving character study that goes deep below the surface.

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…