The Testament of Mary

In this enchanting  novella, Colm Tóibín insists on the essential humanity of the Mother of Christ, portraying her love for her exceptional Son as neither smaller nor greater than any other maternal devotion, and just as full of peaks and valleys. These are movingly mortal struggles --  tinged with celestial grace.


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…