The Sisters Brothers

Hired to kill a luckless gold miner, quirky über-badguys Eli and Charlie Sisters are the unlikely protagonists of this slambang, parodic, panoramic Western that rides off into a striking existential sunset. From Patrick deWitt, author of the memorable first novel, Ablutions.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…