The Sisters

Nancy Jensen's heartrending saga of two siblings, Mabel and Bertie, who go their separate ways in 1927 following a suicide and a bitter betrayal, astutely and affectingly explores the way family secrets can reverberate through generations. This is a provocative debut novel from a talented writer inspired by her own family history.

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…