This Beautiful Life

Ripped from current headlines, yet artfully enhanced, Helen Schulman's novel about the dire outcome of an adolescent sexting incident transcends mere journalism to become a Dreiserian examination of privilege, parenting, scandal, and cyberculture. One boy's mistakes reverberate throughout his family, community, and the interconnected global culture.

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…