French Lessons

French moviemakers excel at producing a certain kind of light, wistful, erotic saga of folly and longing. Now Ellen Sussman delivers an English-language prose equivalent with her tale of three Americans and their corresponding native guides in the City of Light, walking the tightrope of desire and caution, abandon and respectability.

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…