The Outlaw Album

In his first collection of short fiction, Daniel Woodrell returns to the Missouri Ozarks of his haunting "country noir" Winter’s Bone -- recently adapted as a ruggedly powerful film. These brief, explosive tales are like muzzle flashes in the night, momentarily illuminating a rogues gallery of characters who would be the “bad guys” in any other book. But Woodrell -- whose early novel, The Ones You Do, was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection -- assembles these short takes into a compelling mosaic of life on the wrong side of the tracks.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…