This surreal novel from Kathryn Davis profiles two suburban children attempting to escape the black hole of a regimented and sheltered existence – and finding the way out as circuitous and strange as their own impending maturity.

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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…