Compass Rose

Novelist John Casey returns to the Rhode Island coastline he navigated, with deft attention to human nature and nature's  consolations, in his National Book Award-winning Spartina. His new book builds a family saga from the future of Spartina's characters, with careful sympathy for the fragile but enduring character of the "tiny ecosystem" that every family represents.

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…

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