The Elixir of Immortality

An ancient family who has passed down instructions to achieving eternal life for centuries faces extinction when its last descendant realizes he has no heirs to whom he can entrust the secret.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…