The Museum of Innocence

Now in paperback, just in time for me to tell you that this generous novel, by the 2006 Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk, remains the most captivating fiction I've read in the past year. An exploration of time and desire told through the enduring devotion of a businessman to the object of his youthful infatuation, it is also a poignant love letter to the author's native Istanbul.

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…