The Metropolis Case

Four rich story lines involving disparate characters—scattered from 1864 to 2001, yet all enamored of Wagner's transporting opera Tristan und Isolde—converge to deliver a tale of mystery, romance, and redemption through music, craft, and passion. The result is a novel of uncommon narrative richness.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…