Come in and Cover Me

The pathos exhibited in Gin Phillips acclaimed debut novel, 2008's The Well and the Mine, is again on display in this sensitive story of a 36-year-old archeologist, Ren, whose life was altered by the death of her brother. Even long after his passing, Ren's brother appears to her, sometimes to sing to her at night. Now, in the midst of an important dig, two ghosts from an ancient culture emerge to teach Ren about life, loss, and love.

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…