Damned

An overdose delivers the 13-year-old narrator of Chuck Palahniuk's new novel straight to perdition, where she finds a veritable Breakfast Club of cohorts (cheerleader, jock, nerd, punk rocker) to cavort with in the maze of eternity. By turns hilarious and disturbing, the author's twisted vision of Hell isn't filled with flames and brimstone so much as dandruff and toenail clippings in a hilarious, impious reinterpretation of Dantean tropes.

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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