Pictures of You

You'd think you'd know where a novel that begins with a fatal highway collision is headed, but, in the case of Caroline Leavitt's hypnotic novel about how the inscrutibilty of fate is humanized by love and forgiveness, you'd be wrong—and glad to be proven so.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…