The Language of Flowers

A young woman raised in the foster care system makes her first shaky foray into adulthood and struggles to learn the language of the heart. Standing out among the season’s new offerings, Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut novel is a gorgeously written, absolutely absorbing, and deeply affecting story -- as enticing (and thorny) as a freshly plucked bouquet.

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…