Salvation City

In this searing and sensitive novel, the author of A Feather on the Breath of God imagines a flu pandemic that decimates the American population, leaving a 13-year-old boy of atheist parents in the  hands of kindly fundamentalist Christians. Rapture-ready pastor and sceptical teenager, faith and reason, ideological surety and human uncertainty engage one another with uncommon dignity in Sigrid Nunez's generous imagining.

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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…