In a Strange Room

A young man—who happens to share his first name with author Damon Galgut—journeys across three continents in an enigmatic quest for communion with others.  This tense, philosophical page-turner builds in power as seemingly random encounters in Africa, Greece, and India culminate in a tragic climax. A 2010 Man Booker finalist.

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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…