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 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.