Take This Man

French author Alice Zeniter is no late bloomer, publishing her first novel at age 16. Now 22, she brings us the story of Alice and Mad, two childhood friends of different backgrounds (she is white and French; he is neither) preparing to marry in order to prevent one of them from being deported. A revealing take on race and youthful rebellion, loyalty and personal growth from a lively new voice in contemporary French fiction.

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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…