The high priest of the "New Weird" follows up his dreamlike policier The City & The City with this marvelous comic thriller. It starts with the theft of a giant squid, and gets infinitely stranger.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…