Pearl Buck in China

Celebrated biographer Hilary Spurling portrays the life and times of Pearl Buck, the Nobel Prize-winning American novelist (The Good Earth) whose popular fiction of the 1930s and 40s revealed the long-hidden world of China to Western eyes.

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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…