Burial Rites

In Hannah Kent's stark debut, Icelandic murderer Agnes awaits execution on a family's remote farm, and finds redemption in revealing her complex reasons for killing her former master.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…