Wronged innocent or heartless monster?  Jennifer duBois's portrait of a young woman accused of murder on her semester abroad turns a case from the headlines into the season's most wonderfully twisted tale.

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…