The Evening Hour

In this extraordinary debut, Carter Sickels mines the beautiful, damaged landscape of West Virginia for fictional treasure. Sickels' characters are often trapped by greed and addiction, but for Cole Freeman, a drug-dealing nursing-home aide whose family land is being threatened by a big mining concern, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

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…