The Coldest Night

Robert Olmstead's breathtaking coming-of-age story is subtitled "A Novel of Love and War" and with good reason: Henry Childs' unforgettable first love and nearly unendurable trial-by-combat in one of the Korean War's most harrowing battles are captured in a revelatory language -- and implanted in a story as suspenseful as it is true to the extremes of human experience.

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…