On Sal Mal Lane

The Sri Lankan Civil war is creeping up on the residents of quiet and ordinary Sal Mal Lane, who must cope with the rising conflict while trying to preserve their children’s innocence.

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…