Nat Tate

The marvelous Scottish novelist William Boyd (A Good Man in Africa; Brazzaville Beach; Any Human Heart) here invents an artist and chronicles his entire life and career in a magnificent hoax of a book, which skewers the pretensions of the art world in a manner more ingenious than Tom Wolfe's The Painted Word. Delightfully clever and wonderfully engaging.

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…