A claustrophobic tale of a brazen and imaginative 10-year-old kept in summer isolation with a tenuous caretaker, Flora, during her father’s stint doing secretive World War II work.

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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…