To the End of the Land

Motherhood and war, life and death. David Grossman's celebrated novel -- newly available in paperback -- employs the landscape and culture of modern Israel, charged with both maternal and destructive impulses, to embody the tensions between one soldier's fearful mother and a hermit-like damaged veteran, her ex-lover. The result takes readers on a moving emotional journey, in which new thinking about these subjects bursts into bloom.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…