City of Women

The title of David R. Gillham's historical novel refers to Berlin 1943; with most men serving the Nazi war effort, a world of intrigue -- and surprising heroism -- remains in the German capital. And one soldier's wife is faced with a dramatic choice between familiar duty and the call to confront the evil around her.

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…