Blueprints for Building Better Girls

Don't be fooled by the playful title, there's a master architect at work here. Following up her searing debut, Use Me, with another sharp, smart collection of interconnected short tales, Elissa Schappell digs deep into the lives -- the concerns, conflicts, and complexities -- of women at various ages and stages. Honest, unflinching, and deeply affecting. 

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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…