Dogfight: A Love Story

With its compressed timeframe, New York City setting, and lively mix of humor and violence, Matt Burgess's debut novel, chronicling the tribulations during a single weekend of a youthful Queens drug dealer, might turn out to be a new generation's version of Martin Scorsese's After Hours.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…