House of Prayer No. 2

Novelist Mark Richard (Fishboy) proves with this hypnotic memoir that his own life possesses the Southern Gothic allure of any tale by Faulkner or O'Connor. Crippled and ostracized as a youth, Richard embarks on a dark odyssey of Jim-Thompson magnitude.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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…