South of Superior

When Madeline Stone arrives in McAllaster, Michigan, she's on the run from a troubled past. She finds a small town where the cash-strapped are rich in spirit, the elderly are childlike, and something as complicated as love becomes pure and simple. Ellen Airgood's debut novel is a heartwarming and tender tale of the power of place.

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…