Anna Seghers's reissued 1942 masterpiece about a concentration camp escapee muses on the trials of the refugee – specifically, the unexpected boredom that occurs while waiting for freedom.

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…