Odds Against Tomorrow

In a near future, corporations place bets on natural disasters so as to bypass their own culpability.  Nathaniel Rich's debut novel proves a scathing, hilarious satire of ecological ruin and mass-market greed.

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…