Thirty Girls

Susan Minot weaves the plight of a passel of teenage Ugandans captured by a guerilla group with the experiences of a Western journalist, offering a multivalent take on chaos and cruelty in a tumultuous country.

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…