Reissued now in paperback after her prizewinning novel Lord of Misrule brought the author well-deserved notice, this 1999 novel by Jaimy Gordon is the solemnly hilarious, off-kilter tale of Ursula Koderer, lover of "girlgoyles" and rebellious sanitarium patient. Ursula's distinctive voice draws readers in to wonderfully wild three-ring circus of psychiatry and lust.

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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…