Pocket Kings

A failed novelist develops a taste for online poker, but trouble starts when opponents call his bluff in the real world. Ted Heller's inventive, incisive comedy finds his hapless hero going all-in, as the stakes grow higher than at any Vegas table.

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…