Fantastic—in both senses—and all-new fiction from the likes of Roddy Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Stewart O'Nan, Chuck Palahnuk, Jodi Picoult, Peter Straub, and the volume's editior, Neil Gaiman, distinguishes this imaginative collection.

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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…