Hope: A Tragedy

On the run from history and the modern world, Solomon Kugel flees with his family to rural New York -- but history follows, in the form of an unlikely figure in the attic. Shalom Auslander follows his blazingly funny and bracingly honest memoir, The Foreskin’s Lament, with an irreverent and unforgettable novel.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…