The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, waiting for his housekeeper to arrive and free him, outrageous reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman's hilarious novel is a multifaceted meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged society where the two are often interchangeable.

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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…

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