The Gap Year

Single mom, rebellious teen daughter, absent dad. From such simple yet compelling ingredients, Sarah Bird assembles a spicy stew of familial discord, hormonal longings, and troubling maternal regrets. Can mother Cam save daughter Aubrey from making a series of foolish decisions in her senior year of high school, with or without the influence of Aubrey's father? The surprising yet satisfying resolution to this emotional storm defies prediction.

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…