Life after Life

Containing what our own James Parker called "the thin-air atmosphere of an artistic high", Kate Atkinson's emotionally taut  thriller of Ursula Todd - a woman whose birth and rebirth change history - has been named one of Barnes and Noble's Best New Fiction Books of 2013.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…