In his spirited, darkly funny debut novel, Adam Wilson introduces soft-bellied slacker Eli Schwartz, whose couch-potato life is upended when wheelchair-bound former TV star Seymour J. Kahn rolls through and tucks Eli under his peculiar wing. Perverse, subversive, and hilariously outrageous, the book delivers memorable characters, a rollicking plot, and a new voice that comes across as anything but flat.

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…