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Rosa Achmetowna, the scheming narrator of this splendid comic novel, is difficult, wily, and hilarious (at least to the reader, if not to Rosa's daughter, struggling to raise her rambunctious son under her mother's terrible eye). Alina Bronsky's pulsing tale of a dysfunctional Soviet family's escape to the West is an ebulliently monstrous, deliciously entertaining tale.

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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…