From the Land of the Moon

In 1940s Sardinia, a single woman approaching 30 was a liability. In Milena Agus's book this is one of the many things the narrator learns about her grandmother—a captivating, enigmatic, largely forgotten family figure that this captivating and graceful debut novel brings to vivid, and haunting, life. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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…