The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel

A neurotic's love story, set in the fictional nation of Scalvusia in 1939.  Magdalena Zyzak creates an unforgettable antihero in Barnabas, an innocent farmer lusting after the gypsy concubine who enchants his doomed village.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…