Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

On a chilly Thanksgiving day, 19-year-old Billy Lynn and the other surviving members of Bravo Squad wait to be hailed during a Dallas Cowboys halftime tribute. But Billy is only thinking of family and fallen comrades. The most affecting fictional treatment of the Iraq War to date.

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…