The Girl in the Blue Beret

The trauma of the Vietnam War haunted Bobbie Ann Mason's celebrated novel In Country. Now, the author turns to a previous generation's battles. Shot down over Nazi-occupied France, Marshall Stone was helped to safety by members of the Resistance, and he has never forgotten one brave teenage guide. Decades later he strives to find out what happened to her. But time proves a tricky custodian of fact in this search for enduring truth.

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…