The Guest Cat

Popular Japanese poet Takashi Hiraide's charming fable depicts the enigmatic ways by which a mysteriously wise cat remakes the stultified existence of a moribund husband and wife who have lost all joy in each other.

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…