The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am

This debut novel by Norwegian writer Kjersti A. Skomsvold tells the Kafkaesque tale of an elderly woman who finds herself upon the point of disappearing due to the mundanity of her old age, and who decides to attempt to rescue herself through whimsy and spontaneity. Alternately bleak and shining, the tale ponders if it's ever too late to make a fresh start. A B&N Discover Great New Writers selection.

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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…