The Empty Chair

Bruce Wagner's poetic oddity shines in novellas charting two "gurus": a Buddhist looking for peace in Big Sur after the death of his son, and an aging party animal getting a second chance at her abandoned voyage to India.

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…