The Quickening Maze

The widely praised young British poet and novelist Adam Foulds's expressive prose gives an urgent and lyrical sense of enchantment to this fiction based on poet John Clare's 1830s incarceration in a mental institution.

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…