The Middlesteins

The heart of this surprisingly funny novel is a Midwestern Jewish family fracturing under the weight of neurosis and obsession. Its genius is author Jami Attenberg’s deep compassion for her subjects. Great for book clubs -- and everybody else.

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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…