Insignificant Others

Fashioning high comedy out of the quotidian domestic and vocational incidents filling the life of a gay couple in Boston, Stephen McCauley reaffirms his reputation for a sharp eye for the everyday absurdities of contemporary living.

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…