Children and Fire

The events of Ursula Hegi's latest novel, which shares the setting of her most famous work, Stones from the River, are constrained within a single day in 1934, yet manage to cover an epic series of events in the lives of German schoolteacher Thekla Jansen and her pupils, who face growing Nazi interference in their routines.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…