Empty Mansions

Discover why 104 year old reclusive heiress Huguette Clark - at the center of a heated battle over a Gilded Age industrialist's estate and $300 million inheritance - was for decades a hermit entirely removed from the outside world.

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…