The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

This Swedish debut might recall the work of Tom Robbins and J. P. Donleavy's The Ginger Man -- if Donleavy's hero had been a reprobate centenarian. Bolting from his nursing home, Allan Karlsson encounters rollicking adventures in both the present and in  flashbacks into his eventful life. Already being filmed, Jonas Jonasson's novel has won acclaim across Europe.

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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…